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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hidden Dangers in UN Disabilities Treaty

Yesterday I told you about some foolishness in the proposed UN Treaty on Disabilities. Today, I'll tell you about some real dangers hidden in the mischievous language of this treaty. Article 7 of this treaty gives the government the power to override every decision made by the parent of a disabled child by using the caveat "the best interest of the child." This phrase has already been abused by family courts to substitute judges' decisions for parents' decisions. Transferring the use of that phrase to the government or to a court or to a UN committee is definitely the wrong way to go.

Article 25 requires the states to "provide persons with disabilities ... free or affordable health care ... including in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based health programmes." Wow! When the UN approved this treaty, the United States made a statement that the phrase "reproductive health" does not include abortion. But that's just whistling in the wind because international law does not recognize the validity of one nation's reservations to a treaty ratified by many other nations. Furthermore, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on record as stating that the definition of "reproductive health" includes abortion. In testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 22, 2009, she said: "Family planning is an important part of women's health, and reproductive health includes access to abortion." After ratification, all treaties become part of the "supreme law" of the United States on a par with federal statutes. That gives supremacist judges the power to invent their own interpretations. It's easy to predict that some pro-abortion supremacist judges will rule that this treaty includes abortion. Several Supreme Court justices, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have urged us to use foreign law in interpreting U.S. domestic law. The United States and persons with disabilities are better off relying on U.S. law than on any UN treaty.

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