Update: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today at LeonKoziol.Com we received notice from our good friends at ParentalRights.Org regarding SR 519 which stated the following:

This resolution calls on the President NOT to send the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the Senate for advice and consent. It’s intended for Senate offices, and explains exactly why it is important to cosponsor SR 519. There are currently 22 cosponsors. The House companion bill is H.Res.1376, although our campaign for cosponsors is only necessary on the Senate side.

1. Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter (attached to our petition)

2. Forward our newsletter to your members at least once every 6 months

3. Contact your Representative to support our resolutions. The Parental Rights Amendment and the anti-CRC bill are listed on our website. Non-supportive Representatives are listed on our website, with links to their contact information.

Why Cosponsor S.R. 519?

Cosponsoring Senate Resolution 519 is the only effective means to register opposition to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) must not be ratified. The CRC undermines traditional parental rights and obligates us to implement its provisions, effectively transferring jurisdiction governing family law matters from the states to federal government. It will also lead to courts deciding domestic law by U.N guidelines rather than by the intent of elected American lawmakers. The CRC runs counter to our American heritage and freedoms. S.R. 519 sends a message that the Senate lacks the requisite votes to ratify the CRC. The Convention
requires the consent of 67 Senators; to reject it takes only 34. Once 34 sign SR 519, the Senate cannot grant its consent to the CRC — as long as 34 senators remain true to their commitment to protect American families and U.S. sovereignty.

2. The current leadership in Washington has demonstrated a willingness to go to great lengths to get what it wants, the will of the American people notwithstanding. From buy-outs to socialized health care, the current administration and legislative leadership have shown that they will go to extraordinary measures to get what they want when they want it. And President Obama, Ambassador Susan Rice, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all made it clear that they want to see us ratify the CRC. We must be sure the President knows the Senate will not provide consent. And that begins with 34 cosponsors to S.R. 519.

3. Proponents of the treaty are on the move, and claim to be near victory. The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child claim they have identified 60 senators in support of ratification, and 13 who are undecided. By their numbers, ratification is a real possibility now. They also indicate that they have had a recent White House meeting to discuss ratification. These factors further demonstrate the likelihood that an attempt at ratification will be made in the very near future.

4. The American people deserve a clear message from their leaders. Any Senator who opposes ratification of the CRC yet refuses to cosponsor S.R. 519 raises the question of whether that senator may be among the 13 undecided lawmakers whom proponents of the treaty
will be looking to court. Signing S.R. 519 allows a Senator to declare overt opposition to the treaty. At the same time, the Senator is able to take a stand that protects the rights of parents and the self-determination of the American people, a position supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans.

5. It’s clean and easy. The wording will not be changed in committee. Supporting senators won’t have to defend the measure in floor debate. None of these usual actions will be necessary. Thirty-four names. That’s all. A Senator need take no more action than to contact the office of Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina and ask to be added as a cosponsor. It is that easy.

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