Disabilities pact faces more Republican questions

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2013 11:06 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate ratification of a global disabilities pact remains in doubt as key Republicans express concerns about U.S. sovereignty and abortion.

Secretary of State John Kerry says no U.S. law needs to be changed. He says, quote, "We give up nothing and we get everything in return."

The treaty promotes equal rights for the disabled worldwide. It extends many provisions in the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. Advocates say it benefits American veterans and others working, studying or traveling abroad.

The treaty fell five votes short in December.

Sen. Bob Corker says ratification requires the Obama administration ensuring the treaty won't affect U.S. law or federalism. Corker, considered a key Republican vote, didn't reveal how he'd decide.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., asked if the treaty expands abortion.

Kerry said no.