Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, is opposed to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because he believes the treaty would give the U.N. power to control parents' decisions for their children in the U.S. Watch both parts of Anderson Cooper's interview questioning Farris about his claims regarding the treaty which was voted on, but not ratified, by the U.S. Senate on December 4.
Critics of a U.N. treaty to protect the rights of those with disabilities say it would give the U.N. control over parents' choices in the U.S. Supporters dispute the claims. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
Senator Mike Lee says he "can't name one treaty" that has had an effect on U.S. law. The Senator claims the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) treaty could have an impact. FULL POST
This week the U.S. Senate blocked a U.N. treaty aimed at protecting the rights of disabled people around the world. 125 countries have ratified it. The treaty is modeled on the American Disabilities Act, which Congress passed in 1990. However, 38 Republican senators voted against the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), leaving it five votes short of ratification.
Tonight Anderson talks with the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Ted Kennedy Jr. lost a leg to cancer when he was a child. He feels the Republican Party has turned its back on disabled Americans with this vote. “It’s a sad day for people with disabilities, and it’s a sad day for the U.S Senate,” Kennedy tells Anderson. “You ask yourself… who could be against a treaty that basically affords people with disabilities the same rights and opportunities of everyone else?” Kennedy believes several Republicans are to blame for the treaty’s demise after they spread “fiction” and “innuendo.”
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