General Assembly Resolution # 270
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #227 “Rights of the Disabled Act” (Category: Civil Rights; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
Noting that GAR #227, the "Rights of the Disabled Act," is well-intentioned and seeks to protect the mentally disabled; but
Concerned that numerous problems in the text of "Rights of the Disabled Act" make it ineffective and sometimes even harmful;
Troubled that "Rights of the Disabled Act" classifies people as "mentally disabled" based on an arbitrary "two-out-of-four" system, rather than solid medical science and/or the professional opinion of a doctor;
Worried that such a system may be both over-broad by including individuals who are not truly mentally disabled and under-broad by failing to count others who are;
Also Troubled by the mandate in "Rights of the Disabled Act" requiring that the rights of mentally disabled people be exercised by a responsible adult in "necessary cases," without needed clarification about what constitutes a "necessary case" and without any regard to whether the mentally disabled person is able to make sound decisions despite their disability;
Worried that the ambiguity in such a system may result in mentally disabled people being wrongfully denied the ability to exercise their own rights;
Deeply Troubled by the flawed definition of a "responsible adult," which allows an uninterested, non-family member to exercise the rights of a disabled person "in lieu of a suitable candidate;"
Convinced that the many flaws in "Rights of the Disabled Act" render it problematic, unworkable, and sometimes harmful to the very people it is supposed to protect;
For all the forgoing reasons, THE WORLD ASSEMBLY HEREBY REPEALS: General Assembly Resolution #227: "Rights of the Disabled Act"