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Senate takes up UN disability treaty

By Jim Abrams

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.N. treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled faced an uncertain future in the Senate Tuesday as Republicans objected to taking up an international treaty during a lame-duck session of Congress and expressed concerns about ceding authority to the United Nations.

Supporters of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed by the George W. Bush administration in 2006, stressed that it was modeled after the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and required no changes in U.S. law.

But 36 Republicans in September signed a letter opposing any action on international treaties during the post-election session. The opposition has more than enough to defeat the treaty, which needs a two-thirds majority to be ratified.

The Senate voted 61-36 to move the treaty to the floor for debate.

The convention has been signed by 154 nations and ratified by 126 of those nations. President Barack Obama signed it in 2009.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the impact of the treaty "will echo around the world." He said the Americans with Disabilities Act is the gold standard for protecting the rights of the disabled and the treaty would "take that gold standard and extend it to countries that have never heard of disability rights." He said that it would benefit disabled American veterans who want to travel or work abroad.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which represents more than 210 national organizations, said ratification "will reflect U.S. commitment to disability rights and core American values such as the dignity of the individual, access to justice and the right to education."

But opponents, led by Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, say that international treaties are by their nature a threat to American sovereign authority. Lee also says treaty provisions referring to the "best interests of the child" could lead to the state, and not parents, deciding what is in a child's best interest and that language stating that the disabled should have equal rights to reproductive health services could lead to abortions.

That, said Kerry, was "absolutely, positively, factually inaccurate." He said the treaty only states that a country's laws permitting or banning health procedures should apply to the disabled as well.

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  1. David in MAComment by David in MA
    November 28, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    “A U.N. treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled faced an uncertain future in the Senate Tuesday”

    Little by little, “treaty” by “treaty”, filter down issues of the UN Agenda 21, America is losing her soverginity and becoming a socialist state under the UN new world order/one world government and hardly any American’s are aware or noticing it. The communists were right:Capture the children, Capture the nation………we can thank our government educational system for the election of obozo, the islamic socialist marxist

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  2. newrepublicanComment by newrepublican
    November 28, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    If the Treaty is the same as the American Disability Act then we do not need the treaty. If any treaty is initiated by the UN then it needs to be ignored completely.

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  3. fubar22Comment by fubar22
    November 28, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    GET OUT OF THE UN BEFORE IT’S TO LATE! It is run by a bunch of bigots, racists, killer dictators and PROGRESSIVES.

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  4. mach37Comment by mach37
    November 28, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    I am not PC. People with disabilities are, by definition, NOT equal to those with full abilities, and there should be limits placed on how much “normal” people are inconvenienced by accommodations made to help the disabled function in the world. Prime consideration is, “The Cost of Accommodation for the Disabled.” We are largely going over the financial cliff because of the cost of helping those who do not contribute “their fair share” to society. I am not speaking of the Rich, but of those who do not work, do not contribute to the tax base. The standards have been lowered too far for qualifying for welfare. Too many healthy, able people are drawing on welfare and unemployment funds.

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