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article imageRick Santorum suggests UN treaty 'crushes U.S. sovereignty'

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By Sami Zaatari     Dec 3, 2012 in Politics
Former U.S. senator and republican candidate for the 2012 presidency, Rick Santorum, has recently suggested that a UN treaty, if adopted by the American government, would lead to the end of American sovereignty.
Santorum has recently been hired by the WND (World Net Daily) publication, to write an exclusive commentary piece every Monday.
Santorum's first piece has argued that American sovereignty could be under threat, and even destroyed, should an upcoming congressional vote decide to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).
Santorum writes:
Amid all the media frenzy concerning the fiscal cliff and the drumbeat to increase taxes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a vote on another objective of progressives – ceding our sovereignty to the United Nations. This treaty adopted by the U.N. in 2006 called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or CRPD, will ostensibly promote and protect the rights of the disabled around the world.
One of Santorum's main concerns, is that according to the treaty, it will be the government, not the parents, who decide what's best for their children:
what it does is put the government, acting under U.N. authority, in the position to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them. That is counter to the current state of the law in this country which puts parents – not the government – in that position of determining what is in their child’s best interest.that decision.
Santorum then uses the example of his own daughter, arguing something similar along the lines of the death panel argument:
In the case of our 4-year-old daughter, Bella, who has Trisomy 18, a condition that the medical literature says is “incompatible with life,” would her “best interest” be that she be allowed to die? Some would undoubtedly say so. So if the state, and not Karen and I, would have the final word on what is in the best interest of a child like Bella, what chance would a parent have to get appropriate care in the days of increasingly government-funded medical care?
Santorum's basis for this argument comes from section 7 of the treaty, which states:
In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration
Santorum argues that the clause "best interests of the child" will be determined by the authorities, acting under the UN, though the actual treaty says no such thing.
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