Our Mission

Bastard Nation advocates for the civil and human rights of adult citizens who were adopted as children. Millions of North Americans are prohibited by law from accessing personal records that pertain to their historical, genetic and legal identities. Such records are held by their governments in secret and without accountability, due solely to the fact that they were adopted.
Bastard Nation campaigns for the restoration of their right to access their records. The right to know one’s identity is primarily a political issue directly affected by the practice of sealed records adoptions. Please join us in our efforts to end a hidden legacy of shame, fear and venality.


Frequently Asked Questions What’s with the name? The more than half-century old practice of impounding and sealing an adopted person’s original birth records in perpetuity has had the disastrous effect of breeding deep and long lasting attitudes of shame in all areas of the adoption process. Secrets and lies abound. …

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Position Papers

Bastard Nation Position Papers These papers cover related issues more in depth and can be printed out for use in local public education or legislative campaigns. Bastard Nation’s Mission Statement From The Basic Bastard: Part I: Open Records: Why It’s an Issue Part V: Conditional Access Legislation Part VIII: Legalized Anonymous Infant Abandonment / …

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 ACT Ideas for Getting involved You’re a Tax-paying citizen – NOT a Second-class citizen! Educate yourself, your community, and your legislators. The Basic Bastard The basics of Adoptee Rights Activism. Read it to know the issues and the arguments. Influencing Legislation A primer on getting the word out. Read it, …


Local Laws, Activism and Contacts Learn more about Adoption Rights History and Law Bastard Nation’s Mission Statement The Basic Bastard – a collection of short articles address the main issues and questions regarding Bastard Nation and adoptee rights. Bastard Nation’s Position Papers Bastard Bytes: Printable papers for activists, legislators, and the media …

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The United States According to Bastard Nation

The BASTARDIZED states of Alabama, Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, New Hampshire Maine and Rhode Island are the only U.S. states where adult adoptees have unrestricted access to their own original birth records! Join the fight to stamp out the seal of supreme Bastardy on the rest of the nation!

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.bnleavesnoone

Bastard Nation Alert: PA HB 162–Secure and Save Adoptee Rights in PA. Send letter of support now!

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Pennsylvania HB 162

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 Pennsylvania adoptees need your help NOW!

HB 162 is being heard Tuesday September 16 in the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth. This is a clean bill that will restore the right of access without restriction to all Pennsylvania-born adoptees to their original birth certificates.  The bill has already passed the House and is now being challenged by Catholic Charities, the ACLU and anti-abortion groups in the Senate. It is imperative that Pennsylvania legislators know  that OBC access is a civil right that must be restored to all adopted adults.

Please send your letter of support  for HB 162 as written without restriction to committee members now.  Your message need not be long. Let them know that the age of sealed  birth certificates is  over.

You can read HB 162 here.

The personal letter to the committee from Marley Greiner, Executive Chair of Bastard Nation is here. (It was originally sent as submitted testimony in March 2014 and an addenda has been added for this hearing regarding false abortion claims).

Below is the contact list for the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth.

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PA HB 162: BN Exe Chair Marley Greiner’s personal testimony in support

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This testimony was submitted originally on March 18, 2014.  It is now re-submitted with an addenda regarding abortion which Catholic Charities has injected into the debate.
HB 162
Adoptee access to their own original birth certificates
Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Aging and Youth
March 18, 2014
Submitted Testimony in Support
Leave No One Behind!
Thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony in support of HB 162, a bill already passed unanimously by the House, that would restore the right of all Pennsylvania adoptees to access, upon request, a copy of their original birth certificate (OBC) without conditions or restrictions.
I was adopted in Ohio. My birth and adoptive families have deep roots in Pennsylvania, both coming to the state in the early 18th century, many in Quaker settlements in and around Exeter Twn, Berks County; others in Allegheny County; and still others in Philadelphia. My original birth certificate (OBC was never sealed, and I have had it since 1980. I have been an adoptee rights activist for decades, presented testimony in various states, and submitted testimony in others. My advocacy has been covered by local, state, and international media, and I have spoken at adoption and law conferences.
For 60 years, the original birth certificates of Pennsylvania adoptees were available to them upon request. Up until 1985 all Pennsylvania adoptees were relinquished into an adoption system that guaranteed them the right to their own OBC. Unfortunately, the legislature that year decided to void that right retroactively, creating a legal class of citizens once permitted, then barred from owning an intimate public document about themselves that the state’s not-adopted can get for the asking. Some of those disenfranchised in 1985 may be at this hearing today.
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Action Alert: New York clean bills amended to redact birthparent names. Let the bills die. Contact NY Leg today!

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Emergency Action Needed Today.

A909a/S2490B are NOT adoptee right bills

Don’t let New York become another Ohio or New Jersey

Let them die!

 New York State’s A909 and S2490, until a few days ago, were clean companion bills that would have restored the right of original birth certificate access, without restriction or condition, to all New York State adoptees.  Anti-adoptee legislators have held up the bills in the Assembly Codes Committee and the Senate Health Committee respectively.

 Late last week, in a attempt to break the deadlock , amendments were added to the bills, now known as A909a and S2409b These amended bills, following the model of newly enacted restricted bills in Ohio and New Jersey, would create a special privilege for NYS birthparents: to have their names, upon request, redacted from the original birth certificate. That is, adoptees  could receive a state-mutilated copy of their OBC that would white-out parental identification information.

 A909a and S2490 have had no public hearings and can go for a floor vote without them!

 A909a and S2409b are NOT adotpee rights bills. They do not improve, much less restore– the legal status of adopted adults from the State of New York regarding the right to their birth certificates. The bills continue to separate OBC rights and practice for the adopted and the not adopted. A909a A2409b legislate special privilege fo ra few birthparents over the civil rights of all the state’s adoptees.

Bastard Nation has drawn the line in the sand: We leave no one behind

Drawn your line with us!

The New York legislature is down to the wire. The session closes on Thursday June 20, 2014 and a decision will be made on these bills to bring to a floor vote or to let them die without a vote.

 Contact the following and ask them to

  • Let A909a and S2490 die
  • Restore the previous clean bills next legislative  session
  • Reject any  current or future bill that discriminates against adoptee rights to their OBCs

 Sponsor of A909a: David Weprin at 518- 455-5806; Fax: 518.455.5977 

Sponsor of of S2490b: Andrew J Lanza,  518 455-3215; Fax: 518- 426-6852

Chair, Assembly Codes Committee: Joseph R. Lentol. Phone 518-455-4477

 Individual Assembly Members: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search


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