Bastard Nation is dedicated to the recognition of the full human and civil rights of adult Adoptees. Toward that end, we advocate the opening to Adoptees, upon request at age of majority, of those government documents which pertain to the Adoptee’s historical, genetic, and legal identity, including the unaltered original birth certificate and adoption decree. Bastard Nation asserts that it is the right of people everywhere to have their official original birth records unaltered and free from falsification, and that the adoptive status of any person should not prohibit him or her from choosing to exercise that right. We have reclaimed the badge of bastardy placed on us by those who would attempt to shame us; we see nothing shameful in having been born out of wedlock or in being adopted. Bastard Nation does not support mandated mutual consent registries or intermediary systems in place of unconditional open records, nor any other system that is less than access on demand to the adult Adoptee, without condition, and without qualification.
You may remember that last year James ran for New York City Advocate on the Green Party ticket (and here).. He is also active in the New York Unsealed Initiative campaign.
Due to current laws millions of adults that were adopted as children are now being denied access to vital records regarding their births. This is a basic human right that Green Party should be committed to help in abolishing the secrets and lies that surround many adoptions around the world by creating necessary transparency between adoptees, their mothers and adoptive parents.
Below is my personal testimony I submitted today in support of Pennsylvania HB 162. The bill has already passed the House and is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow in the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth. I’ll keep you informed of how the hearing goes.
You can read more about the bill and how it is being sabotaged by liberal organizations in the state directly below this testimony.
This weekend I wrote about “liberal” opposition to Pennsylvania HB 162, a bill that will restore OBC access, without condition, restriction, to adults adopted in Pennsylvania. OBC ‘s were sealed retroactively there only in 1985! HB 162 passed the Pennsylvania House in October 1913 196-0 and is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow in the Senate where it is expect that the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, the Pennsylvania National Organization for Women, and the Pennsylvania ACLU (Harrisburg Office) will testify the OBC access and adoptees endanger women and their privacy. . (Llnks provide contact information) Please write them.
Kristi Lado, an adoptee conceived through rsexual assault sent a very eloquent letter to all three organizations over the weekend. She has received no reply. With Kristi’s permission, I am reposting her letter below. Feel free to forward it.
Thank you Kristi!
Hi Bastards! This is my letter to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Feel free to repost. I sent similar messages to PA chapters of NOW & the ACLU.
To the Members of PCAR:
I’m writing to express my deep disappointment in your opposition of PA HB 162. As you are aware, the passing of this bill would restore an adopted adult’s right to access his or her original birth certificate.
I am an adoptee who was conceived by sexual assault and reunited with my natural mother 12 years ago. For most of my adult life I have done volunteer work for adoptee organizations, most recently co-founding an online support group for those affected by rape conception.
Late Thursday night I learned that Pennsylvania HB 162, a clean bill to restore the right of OBC access to Pennsylvania adoptees, may be in trouble. Last October the bill passed the House 197-0 and seemed to have pretty clear sailing in the Senate where a committee vote is scheduled for March 18. Suddenly the Catholic Bishops, ACLU, and a cranky clerk of courts, heretofore asleep at the wheel, noticed that adoptees are poised to appear uninvited and unannounced on the doorstep of cowering but brave birthparents across the state, and something had to be done to stop this travesty.
Next day I learned that the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization for Women (PA-NOW) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).\ had joined the ranks of parental reputation savers. As a long-time (now former) NOW member, chapter officer and newsletter editor, and the co-founder of a local rape crisis center, I’m irked.
I haven’t read any of the submitted testimony yet, but I can imagine the arguments, Regurgitated fakey facts and hysteria about abortion and discredited “promises of birthparent anonymity ” Importantly, for the first time in about 15 years when California NOW decided that OBC access was a threat to women’s safety, we have PA-NOW and CPAR implying that: the adoptee rights movement, OBC access, and adoptees ourselves promote violence against women. We promote rape culture.
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