Whew! That was too close for comfort!
Just a few minutes agoÂ the United States Senate rejected ratification of the Convention on the Rights ofÂ Persons with Disabilities.Â [NOTE: Our email erroneously named the Convention on the Rights of the Child rather than the CRPD.]Â TheÂ vote of 61 to 38Â in favor of the treaty was short of the required two-thirds margin (66 in favor) necessary to ratify a treaty according to Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
Less than an hour before the vote, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama testified thathis office has received more than 1,000 letters and emails in opposition to the treaty â€“ and only 40 in favor. This shows an amazing outpouring from defenders of parental rights!
While we recognize that our success in Alabama is not indicative of the support level in every state, we would not have achieved this victorious outcome without the overwhelming support of concerned Americans just like you.Â Thank you so much for your calls, letters, and emails to oppose this ratification!
We also appreciate your patience with us as we have filled your inbox over the last two weeks during the height of this struggle. Now that the immediate danger has passed, we will continue to keep you updated on this and other dangers to parental rights through our weekly emails. You can also follow ongoing conversation or timely updates on ourÂ Facebook pageÂ or ourÂ website.
Finally,Â we are grateful to these brave senators who stood firmÂ to protect parental rights and American self-government even in the face of a loud and emotional plea from those who favored the treaty.
Director of Communications & Research
P.S. -Â The roll call list is available onlineÂ here.
Note which Republicans voted to give away our sovereignty and parental rights to a foreignÂ bureaucracy, and make sure they get primaried in 2012!