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Life News on the CRPD

William Saunders and Kelsey Hazzard wrote a piece at LifeNews.com om the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

An excerpt:

With the news media dominated by grim coverage of the fiscal cliff, you may have missed some good news. Last week, the United States was faced with a cliff that it did not go over: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), a problematic UN treaty, was not ratified by the Senate.

Pro-lifers have traditionally enjoyed a strong alliance with disability rights advocates. We share the belief that all people—not only those perceived to have a certain level of “quality of life”—deserve respect and legal rights. Many pro-life organizations, including Americans United for Life, have fought to protect babies who are prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and other genetic conditions. We have also worked to protect disabled individuals from assisted suicide laws that would encourage a “duty to die.”

But pro-life groups wisely opposed the CRPD, because it is a poorly written and dangerous treaty. The CRPD would have done nothing to serve Americans with disabilities, who are already protected by numerous federal and state laws. The CRPD would have only harmed the pro-life cause.

Read the whole thing here.