Coons urges Senate approval of UN disability rights convention

By Frank Gerace 8:48pm, December 4, 2012 - Updated 8:51pm, December 4, 2012
Senator Chris Coons (D)
Senator Coons says a UN convention on disability rights doesn't give the world body authority over Americans who home-school their kids.

In remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Democrat said approving the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities would make America's actions consistent with its slogans.

"In this country, the Americans with Disabilities Act says we have accomplished real progress towards liberty for the disabled, and justice for all. By ratifying this convention, our voice would be heard on these vital issues all over the world."

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Coons cited former Kansas Republican Senator Bob Dole's part in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act to support his claim that the ADA and the UN Convention underscore the notion that disabled people should be treated with dignity.

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