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.
Pennsylvania HB 162
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.
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
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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