Once again the United State Senate is considering passing into law a very dangerous United Nations treaty that would threaten the tens of thousands of American families who care for disabled children. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD treaty, which has been rejected a number of times before, is expected to come before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the first week in June. This treaty should be unacceptable to all American families, and we must work to put an end to it.
The basic threat CRPD poses is that it could shift decisions about the health care of disabled children out of the control of parents and into the hands of U.N. bureaucrats. These U.N. “experts” would seek to apply a “best interest of the child” standard, which states: “In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” Apparently the U.N. knows what these “best interests” should be.
By passing this treaty, the Senate would effectively make the state, and not the parents, responsible for determining what is in the “best interest” for the caring of a disabled child. And if that notion isn’t offensive enough, the treaty does not provide a clear definition of “disability,” leaving it to an unelected, unaccountable U.N. committee of “experts” to decide who is covered and who is not. How many children might fall under their interpretation of “disabled”? Nobody knows.