Protect parents and children

The family is the foundation of American society. A threat to families is now looming over the United States. It would end parenting as we know it by removing many of our key freedoms. It encompasses even more by impacting U.S. sovereignty and replacing it with international law. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the treaty that, if ratified, could do untold damage to our laws.

We want to protect children from real harm, and states have laws that work to do that. However, this treaty would increase the role of federal government and restrict daily decisions of parents. Some proponents of this treaty have claimed that it will have no legally-binding consequences. I would ask, “Then what good is a treaty? Will the United States not keep its word?” The U.S. Constitution includes “ratified treaties” as supreme law of the land. The Convention on the Rights of the Child covers every aspect of law regarding children which would override or nullify state law throughout the 50 states. The structure of the parent/child relationship would forever be altered.

Let’s not be short sighted, naive, or too busy to care. We do not want foreign treaties encroaching on our parental rights and on our laws. Please write or call our U.S. senators: Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk to vote NO to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Please act now.

Linda Stranberg
Oregon, Ill.

From the Feb. 23-March 1, 2011, issue

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