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February 7, 2017
Will Trump Reject These Dangerous UN Treaties?
William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations
President Donald Trump has been acting quickly on issues that were important to his campaign, including one that HSLDA mentioned to now-Vice President Mike Pence before the November election—United Nations treaties that undermine parental rights.
Draft executive orders have been leaked to the New York Times, indicating that the Trump administration is considering removing the United States from multilateral treaties such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Though international protocols such as CRC, CEDAW, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are often adopted with the idea of helping people, they can end up harming the same people they’re trying to help. Home School Legal Defense Association opposes UN treaties dealing with domestic matters for several reasons:
- These treaties tend to seek to solve problems by undermining parental authority and granting more power to the government. Children are harmed when their parents are not free to make the best decisions for their education and wellbeing.
- Treaties such as these pose a threat to U.S. sovereignty under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, which declares that treaties become the “supreme law of the land.”
It is also important to note that while previous presidents have signed these treaties, there were never ratified by the U.S. Senate—which means the United States is not legally bound by them.
You can help
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Please see below for some suggestions and sample text:
- Briefly introduce yourself and your family.
- Thank the President for a position or action he has taken that you consider to be good for the country.
- Respectfully state that you would like him to withdraw from the treaties.
- Explain why this is important to you, and why you believe it is important for our country.
- Write a conclusion thanking him briefly again, and reminding him of exactly what you asked him to do.
I want to thank you for your public support of homeschooling while campaigning and since entering into office. Your commitment to maintaining the constitutional freedom of parents to make the best decisions for their children is very important to me and my family.
I would like to bring to your attention three United Nations treaties that have been signed by previous presidents, but that pose a grave threat to the national sovereignty of the United States. The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). I respectfully urge you to remove the United States’ signature from these UN multilateral treaties.
These treaties are not only damaging to the sovereignty of the United States, but are also fundamentally opposed to our democratic system of government. They give power over United States citizens to unelected officials. Such a situation is dangerous to our system of government and way of life.
These treaties have dramatic and significant implications on the constitutional right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. These agreements usually seek to solve problems by undermining parental authority and granting more power to the government. Children are harmed when their parents are not free to make the best decisions for their education and wellbeing.
Why it matters
HSLDA has written a letter to President Trump thanking him for his consistent support of homeschooling on the campaign trail and respectfully urging him to issue an executive order like the draft leaked to the New York Times. While we recognize that the administration has in no way confirmed the existence of such a draft, or their plans to act on such, we take this news as a positive sign.
Democracy only works when the nation’s leaders hear from those they are leading. It is crucial that we make our voices heard on this issue. Thank you for your support and your willingness to make a difference.