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US Senate fails to ratify controversial UN disabilities treaty

Catholic World News - December 05, 2012

The United States Senate has failed to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations treaty opposed by several pro-life and homeschooling organizations. President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2009.

On December 4, senators voted to ratify the treaty by a 61-38 margin—six votes short of the two-thirds majority vote required by the Constitution for the ratification of treaties.

Adopted by the UN in 2006, the CRPD has now been signed by 154 nations. The Holy See, citing concerns about the treaty's provision on "reproductive health," announced in 2006 that it would not sign the treaty “despite the many helpful articles this Convention contains.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 06, 2012 8:39 AM ET USA

    What is really disturbing is that so many "conservative" Senators voted for a measure that would have placed the kind of care that American disabled kids and the unborn receive in the hands of a truly corrupt institution, the U.N. This treaty was the proverbial "camel's nose under the tent" that would have begun the erosion of American sovereignty. We now know that a majority of our Senators are in favor of George Soros' "one world order", and threaten our "shining city on a hill".

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 05, 2012 8:22 PM ET USA

    It is good this terrible treaty was defeated (for now). The vote against should have been higher than 38. The RINOs in the Senate should be ashamed but their left wing stances on so many issues just goes to show their true colors.

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