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.
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This is a quickie action alert. Please distribute freely!
Last week the Louisiana House passed 98-0 HB 1028 a very very very bad and confusing bill. So bad, that in all my years of OBC access work I can’t remember seeing such a horrible and convoluted bill that purported to be a “rights” bill. You can read about the original bill and its history on the Bastard Nation Legislative Update page. (I’ll do the weekly update later today) after I’ve taken a couple packets of Goody.s.) Amendments to the bill, which made it worse than it already was, can be found here.
How bad is HB 1028? Here is how one Louisiana adoptee who watched it from the beginning describes it:
It is basically a registry that now has automatic redactions, further restrictions on access and is based on the premise that one can get their OBC only if their parent has contacted the registry, joined it (hoops and hoops) and given their consent for release. If only one parent contacts and gives consent, then the other parent is automatically redacted. A parent can deny access completely and can redact. I could go on but it is just awful.
Senator Daniel “Danny Martini, is an adoptee-friendly legislator who understands our issues and had nothing to do with the drafting of HB 1028. He says that if he receives enough emails and phone calls opposed to the bill that he will make sure that HB 1028 is not pursued in the Senate.
Please contact Senator Martiny TODAY at :
Your message need not be long. Just say that it places restrictions, automatic redactions etc on the adopted person and does not provide access.
I’m calling him now and will follow up with an email which I’ll post later.
UDATE: HB 1028 has escaped into the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact committee members, tell them why this bill is bad (ssee aabove) and to kill the bill.
Senator Ben Nevers (Chairman)
724 Avenue F
Bogalusa, LA 70427
Senator Dan Claitor (Vice-Chairman)
7520 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Senator Conrad Appel
721 Papworth Avenue
Metairie, LA 70005
Senator Jack Donahue
3030 East Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70448
Senator Daniel “Danny” Martiny (FRIEND OF THE CAUSE)
131 Airline Highway
Metairie, LA 70001
Senator Edwin R. Murray
1540 N. Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Senator Rick Ward, III
3741 Highway 1
Port Allen, LA 70767
This Action Alert does not endorse the Louisiana Adoption Support Alliance
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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.
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