March 19, 2015

ACTION ALERT - UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - ACTION ALERT


Sponsor: Mary E. Flowers

This bill urges President Obama to submit the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent without delay, and further calls on the U.S. Senate to move swiftly to approve the Convention.

However, under this resolution, children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions without parental knowledge or consent.

References: -Katie Hatziavramidis, Parental Involvement Laws for Abortion in the United States and the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child: Can International Law Secure the Right to Choose for Minors?, 16 Tex. J. Women & L. 185, 202-203 (Spring 2007):

“The unmistakable trend in the United States is to consistently increase anti-choice legislation, particularly with respect to minors. Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United States holds a strong possibility of assisting minors who seek abortions without parental interference.  [*203]  The Convention may offer the best hope for securing adolescent reproductive freedoms on a global level. If enough diplomatic pressure were exerted on the United States to compel it to ratify the treaty, the CRC could provide significant improvements in the outlook for reproductive freedom for minors.”

Paragraph 3, Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: Columbia, Committee on the Rights of the Child, 42nd sess., U.N. Doc. CRC/C/COL/CO/3 (2006): “The Committee notes with appreciation…decisions of the Constitutional Court on…the partial decriminalization of abortion.”

Paragraph 55, Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child: Chile, Committee on the Rights of the Child, 44th sess., U.N. Doc. CRC/C/CHL/CO/3 (2007): “The Committee…is concerned over the high rate of teenage pregnancies, the criminalization of the termination of pregnancies in all circumstances….”

This bill is currently in the Youth & Young Adults committee.  The hearing is scheduled for March 19th at 11:00 am. 


Fill out a witness slip in opposition of this the bill before the hearing convenes March 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Remember to check the boxes for "Opponent," "Record of Appearance Only," Enter "Illinois Federation for Right to Life" for the Agency field and "Citizen" for the Title Field. Make sure to "Agree to Terms" before submitting. Click here to fill out a witness slip for this bill.

Please contact as many of the committee members as you can and let them know that you OPPOSE HR 147, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Chairperson: Laura Fine (217) 782-4194
Vice-Chairperson: Deborah Conroy (217) 782-8158
Republican Spokesperson: C.D. Davidsmeyer (217) 782-1840
Member: Adam Brown (217) 782-8398
Member: Terri Bryant (217) 782-0387
Member: Tom Demmer (217) 782-0535
Member: Mary E. Flowers (217) 782-4207
Member: Robyn Gabel (217) 782-8052
Member: Frances Ann Hurley (217) 782-8200
Member: Jeanne M Ives (217) 558-1037
Member: Natalie A. Manley (217) 782-3316
Member: Martin J. Moylan (217) 782-8007

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