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.
Bastard Nation Introduction: Over the next few weeks Bastard Nation will be publishing information and commentary on CHIFF: The Children in Families First , a bill introduced last Congredssional session by Sen. Mary Landrieu(D-LA). The bill is backed by the adoption industry, the evangelical orphan movement, and other “stakeholders” pushing to increase US adoption agency presence around the world, especially in Third World Countries. It promotes kinship dissolution, closing group homes and orphanages (such as operated by UNICEF and Childrens Village) , and making international adoption “easier” for America’s desperate and childless. CHIFF shills reject all attempts of input by adoptees, first parents, and others actually impacted by CHIFF.
Here is CHIFF in its own words. If you haven’t already, joined the Stop CHIFF page on Facebook do it now! Opposition from legislators and the public is growing quickly and we believe this bill can be defeated.
This past weekend, Bastard Nation co-founder Shea Grimm published a piece on CHIFF n the DailyKos. (Please go there to “recommend.”) With her permission, it is posted in full here. It is also linked on Bastard Bytles.
It’s no surprise that in this age of Congressional gridlock, legislation that is supported by both Michelle Bachmann and Elizabeth Warren has garnered praise for its “bipartisanship”. What is surprising is that self-described progressives like Senators Brian Schatz and Elizabeth Warren didn’t blink an eyelash before co-sponsoring a bill that is endorsed, indeed was proponded, by a who’s who of evangelicals and notorious adoption industry groups often at the heart of the most serious adoption abuses and child trafficking scandals.
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Any Minnesotans interested in working on records legislation this session, please contact Jim Hamilton a note. He informs us there are three committees to focus on: House Health and Human Services Policy, House Civil Law, and Senate Judiciary. Drop a note to Jim through Facebook or contact the Minnesota Coaltion for Adoptoin Reform.
Georgia adoptees need your help today!
On Monday, January 27, HB 524 was heard in the Welch Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice. Due to the enormous amount of contact to committee members from Georgians and people across the country, the bill was discussed and the hearing continued to (probably) later this week. As you will see from the report by Georgia activists Kat Stanley below, leggies are taking this bill quite seriously and have been influenced by our voice.
If you haven’t contacted the Welch Subcommittee yet, please do so. (Instructions below) Also visit the GEAR webpage for information on the bill and read BN’s testimony in support of the original Buzz Brockway bill–the unrestricted bill we want passed.
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