Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Senate Rejects U.N. Treaty On Disabled

UNITED NATIONS (UPI) — The Senate voted Tuesday to reject a U.N. treaty protecting rights of disabled people, with opponents warning its terms “would be forced on” the United States.

Six Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but the final vote — 61-38 in favor — was five votes short of the two-thirds necessary to join more than 150 other countries that have ratified the treaty.

President Barack Obama and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., supported ratification of the treaty, which was negotiated and signed by former President George W. Bush.

Opponents, including Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, argued the treaty would establish new abortion rights and interfere with families’ choices in the education of their children, The Hill reported.

“This unelected bureaucratic body would pass recommendations that would be forced upon the United States if we were a signatory,” Inhofe said.

Supporters pointed out the treaty would not establish any new rights in U.S. courts and would be non-binding in any case.

Lee asked why the Senate should ratify the treaty if it “does nothing.”

“I have not said it does nothing,” Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said. “I said it does not change U.S. law, that is different from saying it doesn’t do anything. If it didn’t do anything I wouldn’t be here nor would President Bush have signed it.”

Kerry said the treaty would afford the United States the opportunity to advocate for rights of U.S. military veterans and citizens  abroad, The Hill reported.

Republicans Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins of Maine, Dick Lugar of Indiana, John McCain of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with Democrats in favor of ratification.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Senate Rejects U.N. Treaty On Disabled”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.