Treaty should be ratified

Sharon E. Buhr, Valley City

On Dec. 4, 2012, 89-year-old former Senate majority leader, GOP presidential nominee and World War II veteran Bob Dole was wheeled on to the senate floor to ask for support for the United Nations disabilities treaty.

The point of the treaty is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity across the world. In other words the treaty identified that the Rights of Persons With Disabilities would simply require the rest of the world to meet the standards that Americans already enjoy in our country under the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.

What happened that day? The treaty, which the majority of countries in the world have already ratified, was not ratified by our U.S. Senate. Seven GOP senators voted for it, including former presidential nominee John McCain, but it needed five more GOP senators to vote yes in order to pass.

N.D. Sen. John Hoeven was among those who voted “no.” He must be asked why? It should be our duty as Americans to support our citizens with disabilities where ever they may travel, and to support any person in another country who has a disability.