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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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Washington: Legislators Discriminate if Adopted by Lori Jeske

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…and these bills won’t do it!

The State of Washington continues to prohibit adult citizens who were adopted from unrestricted and unconditional access to their own original birth certificate.

In the 1940s the state starting sealing some birth certificates and over time started sealing all original birth certificates belonging to adopted citizens. In 1993, the WA State Legislature begrudgingly agreed to “allow” some adult citizens who were adopted, access to their original birth certificate if they were born after Oct 1, 1993. Legislators also included a special privilege that would allow one or both natural parents to file what’s known as the “Affidavit of Non-Disclosure” form that allows only a natural parent the special privilege to prohibit the release of the original birth certificate to the person requesting a copy. Since this special privilege was created 20 years ago only four (4) Affidavits of Non-Disclosure have been filed with the state. The first of the four forms was filed in June of 2012. What’s interesting to consider is while this form/special privilege has been available for the past 20 years, only four citizens have ever used that form, yet WA State Legislators are certain this form is necessary. Necessary for who? It’s starting to look like a special perk for legislators not citizens. Hmmm…
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Washington Battleground: The Annual Murder of Adoptee Rights Continues


For more than 20 years the State of Washington has been a battle ground for adoptee rights. Some years good bills go bad or bad bills go good; (for awhile); other years bad bills go badder. Even baddest bills are kneecapped by adopteephobic legislators and bureaucrats quivering at the softest echos of baby steps toddling down the halls of government.

This year has been no different.  Two near-companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate.  The Senate bill (SB5118) was originally restrictive,  re-written clean, then re-written back restricted.  The House bill, (HB 1525),  remained restrictive throughout its campaign.  On.Monday, the Senate Judiciary voted out the House bill.  The whole process has become quite confusing, but as of today (April 3, the language of both bills is being matched Whichever bill eventually is enacted (if) Washington bastards will be saddled with more restrictions on  their OBCs.  Promoters, of course  will circle jerk themselves as “progressive” politicians  and “activists”  for allegedly “balancing the interests” of adoptees and birthparents and extending privilege to a few lucky ducks.while the state continues its headlock on OBCs.

Unlike some states where the hammer is pounded by conservative anti-abortion groups and the Catholic Bishops, opposition to OBC access in Washington centers around individual legislators (for various reasons related to their personal adoption experience) and the perennial wolf is sheep’s clothing “progressives,” ACLU-Washington, misreading and arguing “privacy rights of biological parents, where no such “rights” exist.

Bastard Nation has obtained an email  from ACLU-WA director Shankar Narayan  sent to HB1525  sponsor Tina Orwall  who forwarded it to members of the House Judiciary Committee,  stating its support of  restrictive  SB5518  and expressing the concern that a “broadening” of the bill, as was attempted in the Senate a few weeks ago, would abrogate  the “privacy interests”  of birthparents; thus forcing the organization to oppose the bill, which of course, they  “don’t want to do.”

In other words, shut up.

Thus, the  annual Class Bastard death warrant was signed.
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Li’l Lori Asskicker: Watch BN’s Lori Jeske Testify Against WA HB1525

 photo asskick.jpgBastard Nation Executive Committee member and Treasurer, Lori Jeske, spoke  before the  Washington State Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee on March 21  to oppose HB1525 which if passed, will continue to gut the rights of adoptees in that state. The bill not only retains the Affidavit of Disclosure Veto (and has only been used four times in 20 years), but a bogus “contact preference form” which acts as a DV to bar release of the OBC.  Not only do some Washington leggies fear bastards, but they lack an elementary understanding of the English language.

Preference: noun

1.  a greater liking for one alternative over another or others:

a preference for long walks and tennis over jogging

          —he chose a clock in preference to a watch

a thing preferred:

my musical preferences are blues and swing  

      a favor shown to one person or thing over another or others:

preference is given to those who make a donation

Maybe we should take up a collection for a dictionary.

Here is Lori in action!

Bastard Nation’s written testimony is just below this entry.

 

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Ohio: HB61 Sponsor Hearing Report

Wednesday (February 20, 2013) I attended the Ohio House Judiciary Committee Sponsor’s Hearing for HB 61, which would restore the right of OBC access to Ohio adoptees  born between January 1, 1964-September 17, 1996.  Those born after that date currently have access at the age of 21 (at 18 their aparents can access), unless a birthparent has filed a  Disclosure Veto with the state. Ohio Vital  Statistics does not know how many DV’s are on file (!), but the number is probably minuscule   Washington State, which has a similar law, reports only four DVs submitted since 1993, and all of them last year. Lawyer dirty tricks?

Senate Bill, 23 is HB61’s companion bill. . Both have bi-partisan support. Ohio Right to Life, opposed for decades  to OBC access for 1964-1996s, due to its belief that access to those old records would compromise “the state’s promise of anonymity” in adoption; thus causing women  to seek abortions now,  has dropped its opposition. ORTL President Mike Gonidakis told the press recently, “Historically, Ohio Right to Life has opposed efforts to disclose identities of birth parents.That position has thawed, for lack of a better term..” Goindakis credits the Internet with some of the change saying that “you can find out information that you couldn’t in the past.” (paid access, Columbus Dispatch, January 27, 2013).
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SAMPLE STATE ORGANIZATION RESOLUTION AGAINST VETOES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

SAMPLE STATE ORGANIZATION RESOLUTION AGAINST VETOES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

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.