Personhood USA opposes ratification of U.N. Convention on Persons with Disabilities

New York—Personhood USA calls on Congress to reject ratification of the United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities because of its inclusion of abortion. If ratified, the U.N. Convention would be considered the binding law of the land on par with the United States Constitution.

According to Article 25, the treaty requires “the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health care and programmes as provided to other persons, including in the area of sexual and reproductive health and population-based public health programmes.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee confirmed “reproductive health includes access to abortion.”

“Personhood must include all human beings, regardless of the state of their physical or mental development” said Josh Craddock, international representative for Personhood USA. “The same principle ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities should protect unborn children in the womb, but this treaty sadly does not recognize that principle.”

“The irony of including abortion in this treaty is that abortion especially targets the disabled in the womb,” he continued. “Prenatal diagnosis puts the very lives of unborn children with disabilities in jeopardy. Abortion doesn’t treat the disability, it simply kills the disabled. That’s eugenics. Persons with disabilities should not be exposed to violence and discrimination, either before or after birth.”

Research indicates as many as 90% of unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. Similar trends are observed with prenatal diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and other conditions.

An amendment to clarify that U.S. support for the Convention does not constitute support or promotion of abortion was struck by Senate Democrats. A treaty that undermines personhood for all unborn children and especially risks the lives of unborn children with disabilities is unacceptable to Personhood USA. The Senate is expected to vote on ratification Tuesday.


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