A United Nations treaty working its way through the U.S. Senate
reveals a hidden agenda that could be dangerous to children in the
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was
conceived to benefit people with disabilities worldwide. Susan
Yoshihara of Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute
(C-FAM) says the way it was negotiated resulted in troublesome
"[It was] including language that can be used to promote
abortion on demand, and in particular, to promote abortion of
disabled people," says Yoshihara.
The spokeswoman says when the treaty was negotiated in the last
round six years ago, many people worked hard to make sure there was
no language that would specifically promote the homosexual
"They got a lot of bad language out. However, it doesn't matter
what these treaties say these days," Yoshihara recalls.
"It seems that the committees that interpret them will promote
whatever agenda they want to promote despite what the nations who
negotiated them meant to say when they put the words on paper, and
so that's another reason that we're cautioning folks in Washington
against ratifying the treaty."
The treaty has been voted out of committee to the full Senate,
and if passed even during a lame duck session, it would become the
law of the land. It takes a two-thirds vote to ratify, and C-FAM is
concerned there might be enough votes to accomplish it.