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Disability treaty a bad deal for Americans

Published: December 14, 2012 4:00 AM

This is in response to the Dec. 6 Record-Courier editorial, "Senate stumbles on treaty on disabilities," criticizing as "indecent" the Senate's defeat of the vote on the proposed international treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities.

An opinion piece in The Hill, a newspaper for people who work on federal legislation, written by Dr. Susan Yoshihari, who participated in the negotiations for the United Nations treaty, explained why the disability treaty was a bad deal for Americans.

Dr. Yoshihari points out "the vast disparity between our aspirations for the treaty on one hand, and the limitations of the text, including deep flaws in the U.N. system in which it would be interpreted." She wrote: "Proponents said we could have it both ways -- an international rights committee powerful enough to change other countries' laws but too weak to interfere with our own."

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Yoshinara. It's my strong belief that U.N. regulations should never be allowed to infringe on the God-given rights and freedoms of the citizens of the United States as defined in the Declaration of Independence and our wonderful Constitution. As long as there are politicians on this earth, we will continue to be inundated with well-intentioned laws that do little but restrict our freedoms, whether they are intentional or not.

Chuck Marshall, Atwater

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anonymous Dec 18, 2012 12:09 PM

3rd....I agree with defunding an organization that was creatd to eliminate the black race.

anonymous Dec 16, 2012 8:37 AM

Excellent letter. The Senate was right to vote down the treaty that would spread abortion, deny the parents of special needs children their rights, and compromise U.S. sovereignty. Article 25 of the CRPD called on nations to furnish the disabled "free reproductive health and population-based public health programmes." which of course is interpreted as abortion.

anonymous Dec 14, 2012 10:14 AM

Funny stuff Chuck. This lady wants to defund Planned Parenthood internationally and completely restrict abortion rights to everyone. But you go right ahead and back her based on infringing on your god-given rights.