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The myths and facts of the CRPD

Published 4:48pm Saturday, October 26, 2013

For the last two years, The Arc has been working with numerous disability advocacy groups to garner support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which will promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities across the globe.

There are many misconceptions about the CRPD, and we would like to clarify some of the most common myths and facts.


Myth 1: Sovereignty will be lost if the treaty is ratified

Facts: Sovereignty means that the U.S. is protected as an independent governing body and no outside organization (like the UN) or another country can compel the U.S. to do anything. The same RUD (RUD equals legal binding condition added to treaties) is attached to the Disability Treaty that is attached to all human rights treaties passed by the U.S. Senate in order to protect U.S. sovereignty ensuring that in no way can the treaty compel the U.S. to do anything and that any changes in law would have to go through our own traditional legislative procedures.


Myth 2: The treaty will require funding and support for abortion

Facts: Abortion is not mentioned in the treaty but opponents of the treaty lead folks to think it is.

There is nothing in this treaty that changes abortion rights in the U.S. It simply states that people with disabilities should have the same access to health care as people without disabilities. It is a statement of non-discrimination not a change in U.S. law or policy.


Myth 3: The treaty will take away homeschooling/parental rights

Facts: The CRPD is a non-discrimination treaty that does not change our law but confirms our commitment to disability rights and allows us to impact disability rights globally. That means no changes to U.S. laws covering parental rights laws or homeschooling.


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