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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.

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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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New Jersey. When is OBC access not? What kind of right denies itself?

Grumpy cat adoptionOn April 28,  much of AdoptionLand donned party hats, tooted their horns and celebrated the enactment of New Jersey’s long-flogged Adoptee Rights Birthright Bill.  The only problem is that Governor Chris Christie, a long-time opponent of OBC access. has “conditionally vetoed” the core of the bill: .parental identification information can be denied  in certain cases.

The Governor and the bill’s sponsors agreed to sell out adoptee civil rights for state-granted  favor and privilege. Under the last minute compromise agreement, birthparents  have 2 1/2 years (until December 31, 2016)   to file a contact preference form indicating that they want or don’t want contact with their adult adoptee  or to request the state to  redact  their name from the OBC all together. This is accountably considered a victory

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Bastard Nation Letter to LA Senate Judiciary – Kill HB 1028!

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BN logoDear Sen.—
I  write today as the Executive Chair of Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization. We are the largest adoptee civil rights organization in North America with members in nearly every state, including Louisiana. In the early 2000s we worked on a bill that would have restored the right of all Louisiana adoptees to their original birth certificates (OBC). Consequently, we are aware of the state’s unique legal system which makes restoration of that right a little different than in other states. Nonetheless, we believe that Louisiana can and will recognize that all of the state’s adoptees should be returned to their pre-restricted access.
Unfortunately HB 1028 is not the vehicle to move that right forward.
In my 20 years of adoptee rights advocacy and activism, I’ve not see a bill as confusing and convoluted as HB 1028. In an email to me, one Louisiana adoptee who attended hearings in the House describes the bill as “hoops and hoops.”
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UPDATE. Bastard Nation Action Alert: Stop Louisiana HB 1028 from being heard in the Senate

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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 :

 Phone: 225-342-2366

Fax: 225-377-2220

email:  martinyd@legis.la.gov

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
(985) 732-6863

Senator Dan Claitor (Vice-Chairman)
7520 Perkins Road
Suite 160
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 765-0206

Senator Conrad Appel
721 Papworth Avenue
Suite 102A
Metairie, LA 70005
(866) 946-3133

Senator Jack Donahue
3030 East Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 727-7949

Senator Daniel “Danny” Martiny (FRIEND OF THE CAUSE)
131 Airline Highway
Suite 201
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 834-7676

Senator Edwin R. Murray
1540 N. Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-0042

Senator Rick Ward, III
3741 Highway 1
Port Allen, LA 70767
(225) 246-8838


This Action Alert does not endorse the Louisiana Adoption  Support Alliance

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Become a Bastard Nation Legislative Liaison!

Bastard Nation needs Legislative Liaisons in every state with laws that seal adoption records. We need eyes and ears in the legislatures, creating relationships and gathering information.

What does a BN Legislative Liaison do? They talk with lawmakers and their staff about adoptee rights and the laws that seal records. They distribute Bastard Nation position papers and FAQs to legislators and staff members. They record their conversations and report to the BN Legislative Committee.

They are organized, informed, friendly, helpful, and engaged.

What do you need to do to be a BN Legislative Liaison?

1. You need to live close to the capitol of your state.
2. You need to be able to appear friendly, even when talking with people who disagree with you or are just disagreeable, period.
3. You need to have a flexible schedule.
4. You need to agree with Bastard Nation’s mission: If you don’t know what that is, go to bastardnation.org, it’s right there on our welcome page.

Those are the prerequisites. If you are interested, click the picture of the capitol rotunda, and fill out the application form. We will be in touch and schedule an online orientation and training.

We look forward to working with you!

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Proud Bastard Nation Partner: CalOpen

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Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Michigan Open Access

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Any political organization seeking to enact true open records legislation should be very clear with both their constituents and the legislators they work with about what the essential provisions of the proposed bill are. Any modification or deletion of the essential provisions of a bill should be immediate cause to have the bill killed.

Any political organization seeking the assistance of Bastard Nation to pass open records legislation must hold unconditional access by adult adoptees to the original record of their birth as an essential provision that cannot be modified or deleted. Read our Mission Statement.

Bastard Nation will not assist any political organization to pass open records legislation unless their governing board or other leadership

passes a written resolution such as the following that commits the board to a strategy of no compromise on key provisions
informs its constituents of this commitment and this strategy
informs the sponsoring legislators of this commitment and this strategy.

WHEREAS we recognize that disclosure and contact vetoes, redactions, mandatory intermediaries and registry provisions are an affront to the dignity of adopted persons everywhere and a violation of their right to due process and equal treatment under the law,

WHEREAS there has been a demonstrable negative effect on the ability to pass unconditional open records in states that have passed veto legislation and/or any provisions that are less than unconditional access on demand by the adult adoptee,

WHEREAS our primary goal is to restore the right of adult adoptees everywhere to be treated as full citizens under the law,

WE HEREBY DECLARE that under no circumstances will we accept the addition of veto, redaction, intermediary, or registry provisions, or any conditional provisions to our legislation that would be less than unconditional access for adult adoptees to the original record of their birth. All legislative sponsors and members of this organization will be informed of our policy on this matter to ensure that the bill is pulled promptly in the event of such revisions.

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