Although several items on the anti-family agenda have succeeded during the past several decades, many others have been thwarted. The grassroots rose up and rejected the Equal Rights Amendment. Americans increasingly identify themselves as pro-life rather than pro-abortion. So the feminists, big-government liberals, and their friends are trying to get the United Nations to advance feminist goals. I discuss three UN treaties that pose grave danger to the family in my new book, Who Killed the American Family?
The United Nations Treaty on Women would be a greatly expanded ERA. It would subject American laws to foreign bureaucrats. Although American women are the most fortunate in the world, foreign busybodies would get to determine what is or isn’t fair treatment of them. The UN treaty’s language about examining “laws, regulations, customs and practices” means almost no part of our lives would be off-limits to globalist meddling. Furthermore, several items on the feminist agenda that Americans have rejected, such as unlimited abortion, would be considered human rights.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is another bad treaty. It grants all sorts of broad and vague rights to children that would result in an avalanche of litigation. There is little room for parental rights, but plenty of room for our government and UN busybodies to interfere.
Finally, the Treaty on Disabilities is a very real danger today. We already extend numerous significant protections to our disabled citizens, but if the Obama administration and its Senate allies succeed in ratifying this treaty, we would have to answer to a so-called committee of international experts to change not merely national laws, but state and local laws, too.
On this United Nations Day, we should remember to be on guard against all UN treaties because, if ratified, they become part of our U.S. law.
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Contributing Editor, Phyllis Schlafly, is the Founder and President of Eagle Forum, a national radio show host, and a best-selling author.
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