The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities failed to get the 2/3 vote needed for ratification in the U.S. Senate today due to Republican opposition. Opponents of the treaty falsely claimed it will undermine U.S. sovereignty and harm children.
Focus on the Family falsely claimed on its Citizen Link newscast today that the treaty “would have taken rights away from the parents of children with disabilities.”
Citizen Link’s Carrie Gordon Earle falsely claimed that “the treaty would have put international law above U.S. law when it came to empowering parents to make critical decisions about the care and education of their disabled children… it would have put the power to decide what is in the best interests of the child in hands of the government, not the parent.”
However, the U.S Constitution never allows any international laws to trump U.S. law and the treaty itself never claims it will overrule U.S. law.
Apparently Earle is not aware that the U.S. government can already take a child away from his or her parents if the welfare of the child is endangered.
The section that offended Focus on the Family and other right wingers such as Rick Santorum and Glenn beck was this:
“In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”
(Source: RightWingWatch.org and Focus on the Family)