If ratified with a two thirds majority this would be the most significant international human rights treaty ratified by the USA since the Senate adopted the Convention Against Torture in 1992.
If ratified, the Senate would demonstrate that major international human rights treaties can avoid the pitfalls of domestic abortion politics.
On Capitol Hill yesterday, members of congress were weighing their response. What emerged were two proposed pieces of legislation that could punish the Palestinians--and even the UN--for yesterday's vote.
There is word from Capitol Hill that the Senate will vote this week on ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Can an international treaty that have little to do with abortion can nonetheless escape the trap of domestic American abortion politics?
I use the nomination battle over State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh to deduce whether or not the Senate can pass the Law of the Sea Treaty.