For those who aren't familiar with the Convention on the the Rights of People with Disabilities, the "Washington Post" summed it up very nicely on Dec. 2: "The Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which the George W. Bush administration negotiated and signed in 2006, is modeled in large part on the Americans With Disabilities Act, which President George H.W. Bush signed in 1990. It would not require the United States to change its laws, but ratification would give Americans the standing to lobby other nations to follow the U.S. lead and to offer help to those who want to do so. It’s been signed by 154 countries and ratified by 124." http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-yea-on-disabilities/2012/12/02/ce5c6e2c-3cb5-11e2-ae43-cf491b837f7b_story.html
Rick Santorum Speaks out...Again...on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
As I said, Santorum voiced his objections to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at a recent press conference. Which is why I guess he felt compelled to voice them again in a piece on "The Daily Beast" news website this morning:
When I read this, all I read is extremist right-wing paranoia about how signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a document meant to say "I will work with other countries to ensure that disabled people all over the world have the same rights as non-disabled people" will somehow take away from the US government's ability to do what it needs to and the freedom of the US people to live as they want and parent their children in the way that they choose.
Senator Santorum, Meet Me At Camera Three
I'm sorry, Senator Santorum, but the US is not the "world leader when it comes to protecting the disabled". (Neither is Canada, in my opinion, in case anyone thinks I'm trying to set up my own country up to take that honour). I read about what goes on in your country. I read about the "support" that your disabled veterans get when they come home. I've read stories about people in wheelchairs need being able to physically get into emergency shelters when they've needed to. I know that there isn't a policy regarding physical restraint in your schools, and that children with disabilities have been locked in closets and have electric shock used on them as discipline. I know that the Massachusetts government not only knows about the electric shock treatment used on the children at the Judge Rotenberg Centre, but have allowed it to continue despite the concerns of parents and the community.
So, with all due respect, don't give me "world leader when it comes to protecting the disabled".
I don't doubt for one second that you love your daughter. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is not about taking power away from you. It's about a pledge of support from the world to give something vitally important to her. No one is trying to hurt you.
I don't want anything to do with you, frankly. But I think that your kids deserve the best chance they can get, including Bella.
When the time comes around again to vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, please think about how it can fit into everything that I *know* you're doing to make sure that she gets the best chance she can get.