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July 15, 2002

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Tell Your Senators to Reject
the Anti-Mother's Day Treaty
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Vote Anyday!

ALERT On June 13, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW - pronounced see-daw). The CEDAW treaty was signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and Bill Clinton attempted to get it ratified in 1996. Only the Clintonista feminists rallied in support. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Hillary Clinton are now trying to resurrect CEDAW, paint conservatives as anti-woman, and force ratification. The Committee will hold another hearing anyday, and then vote on ratification of CEDAW.

Feminist Agenda to be Achieved Through CEDAW
Gender-Neutral Military (Article 2)  
Redefining social and cultural norms (Article 5) 
Revising textbooks according to feminist ideology (Article 10) 
Creating a federal network of child-care facilities (Article 11) 
Comparable Worth (wage control) (Article 11) 
Locking the United States into a perpetual treaty obligation to allow abortions at any time for any reason (Article 16) 
Federal government takeover of all family law, including marriage, divorce, child custody, and property (Article 16) 
Committee of 23 feminist "experts" (like Hillary Clinton?) to monitor compliance (Article 17)

CEDAW in Action
CEDAW's international "experts" have already issued negative reports about the practices of countries that were rash enough to ratify the treaty. They criticized Ireland for "promoting a stereotypical view of the role of women in the home and as mothers," Belarus for "such symbols as a Mother's Day," Slovenia because "less than 30 percent of children under three years of age were in formal day care," and recommended "the decrimininalization of prostitution in China."

Ratification of CEDAW would be craven kowtowing to the radical feminists, exceeded only by the treaty's unlimited capacity for legal mischief. It would be a massive interference with U.S. laws and with our federal-state balance of powers. CEDAW would clearly diminish the rights and benefits American women now enjoy, as well as give extraordinary powers over U.S. laws to busybody global bureaucrats.

Call President Bush and tell him to unsign CEDAW. Comment Line (202) 456-1111 
E-mail Sec. of State Powell and urge him to say NO to CEDAW. [email protected] 
Urge your Senators to Reject CEDAW.
Reaching Members on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is especially important: Allen, Biden, Boxer, Brownback, Chafee, Dodd, Enzi, Feingold, Frist, Hagel, Helms, Kerry, Lugar, Bill Nelson, Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Gordon Smith, Torricelli, Wellstone

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

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