Washington HB1525 passed the Senate and is on its way to the governor’s desk. If signed, it will promote and continue the state’s sealed records system and deny the right of all Washington adoptees to their original birth certificates. As other state’s restore adoptee rights and open our OBCs, some Washington adoptees will find the right to their OBC subject to the whim of third party approval and comfort and will have no chance of ever getting it.
Don’t let this happen!
Write directly to Governor Jay Inslee and tell him why HB1525 is bad for adoptees, their families and the State of Washington. Contact information for him is here. (a template for email) There is also information for phone and fax contact at that link.
TTY/TDD users should contact the Washington Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-833-6388.
Email a copy of your note to Insle’s senior polilcy adviser Andi Smith at email@example.com
We have only a couple days to get this message to the Governor’s Office.
Below is a copy of Bastard Nation’s letter to Governor Inslee sent on April 17.
Send us a copy of your letter to comments below, and we’ll post it here.
Dear Governor Inslee:
Bastard Nation, the Adoptee Rights Organization, opposes the passage of HB1525 We have submitted both written an oral testimony in opposition to this bill and its SB5118 companion.
HB1525 is promoted by sponsors as an “adoptee rights bill” that will allegedly make available to adoptees upon request, a copy of their original birth certificates. Nothing could be further from the truth. HB 1525 does not restore the right of Original Birth Certificate (OBC) access once enjoyed by all persons born and adopted in the state. It make access conditional by segregating the “worthy” adoptee from the “unworthy” by means of an Affidavit of Disclosure/Disclosure Veto and a misnamed “Contact Preference Form.”
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