News From Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization
  November 2005        Vol. 1 No. 18
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Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization 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. Bastard Nation campaigns for the restoration of their right to unconditionally access their birth records.

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GRASSROOTS POLITICS PAYS OFF IN MASSACHUSETTS

On October 27th, SB 959 was heard before th e Joint Committee on Families and Children. SB 959 is a clean, straightforward unconditional open records bill which needs to be passed. The committee members heard from grassroots organizations ABC and M.A.R.T.A , whose members turned out in droves to help pass this bill. Also testifying were: New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro; New Hamshire State Representative Janet Allen, Adam Pertam of the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, Paul Schibbelhute from the AAC, and Marley Greiner representing Bastard Nation.  Other BN members in attendance were Fred Rust, MA, Carla McBrine, MA, and Nina Greeley, CA.  Lee Allen of the NCFA was the only voice of dissent; the audience and the committee viewed his presentation as quite feeble. A vote on the bill will be taken in about two weeks. Next stop – SB 959 will go to both ho uses.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/m_a_r_t_a/

ONTARIO PASSES BILL 183

Ontario’s BILL 183 purports to be “an adoption disclosure bill” but it’s nothing of the sort. Bill  183 contains a contact veto with a $50,000 penalty for violation. It also contains a disclosure veto. Any birthmothers or adoptees may go before a government panel and plead their cases for non-disclosure. If the panel agrees, those original birth certificate will not be issued.  Bastard Nation vehemently opposes Bill 183.

http://bastardette.blogspot.com/

ANGEL IN ADOPTION

The Honorable Lou D’Allessandro, State Senator, New Hampshire has been named an "Angel in Adoption” f or 2005. It was through his endless energy, perseverance, and influence that the open records bill was passed in New Hampshire.  Senator D’Allessandro’s simple but eloquent statement now reverberates in state houses all over the land. "It’s the right thing to do."

 

RHODE ISLAND SUPREME COURT TURNS DOWN ADOPTEE

An unusual claim for opening records was heard by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  An adoptee claimed that he needed to have his original birth records in order to fulfill his Mormon Church’s teachings to be bonded to his birth family after death. The Rhode Island Supreme Court rul ed against the adoptee.

http://www.courttv.com/news/2005/0923/adoptee_ap.html

FAMILY HISTORY DAY

On November 8th the Surgeon General will launch a national initiative to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health histories.  He will announce that Thanksgiving Day will be declared Family History Day. He intends to make this an annual event.

http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/

NOVEMBER 19TH, NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY

 http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/2005/index.asp


15 YEAR OLD FINDS SPERM-DONOR FATHER USING INTERNET

Bob Alberti comments on this exceptional young man who  set out to find his sperm-donor dad.

http://albatross.org/journal/archives/001048.html#more

EDITORIAL

CANADIAN BIRTH MOTHER STRIKES BACK

Lisa Sainsbury, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, has jumped down the throats of those who are perpetuating the adoptee bashing. She’s a birth mother and member of Bastard Nation and we couldn’t be more proud of her!  In her latest letter, published on September 19th in the Toronto Sun, Lisa refutes their editorial, “We knew it was too good last.”
 
“As a mother who relinquished a child in 1962, I believe adopted people have the absolute right to all existing information about their origins, right down to the last detail. It's their information, not the birth mother's nor the state's. Non-adopted people don't have to question this right. Why, under any circumstances, should adopted people? It's nonsense for them to be denied rights that are the prerogative of others -- unless of course, one believes that there are two classes of citizen.
 
Vetoes and fines have no place in a citizen's right to their own history and information. "Privacy rights" for birth mothers is a misnomer. What Anne Cavoukian really wants is the option for such women to remain anonymous. Anonymity is not privacy.
 
"Retroactivity" is another misnomer. There never were any "deals" for birthparents that could guarantee anonymity into perpetuity. Consequently, they can hardly be made retroactive. Perhaps there was a perception that such guarantees were given, but it's a wrong perception. How could it be otherwise when the parties that supposedly made these promises never had the authority to do so? That  such deals were made is hearsay only, emanating from sources that may or may not exist. Now that really is Kafkaesque.


Who Said That

“It’s the right thing to do.”
New Hampshire State Senator Lou D’Allesandro, referring to New Hampshire’s Open Records Bill.

 "You've [adoptees and birth parents] got a right to know but you don't have the right to a relationship."
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who supports the Bill 183.

"Like some ghastly monster from the deep you thought had been harpooned, gutted and left on the dock to dry, the adoption disclosure bill ha chs resurfaced, fangs bared, ready to claw some unsuspecting souls." 
Christina Blizzard in an Op/Ed article in the Toronto Sun on Sept. 14th, "Opening Old Wounds."     

“ Rights are commonsense one-size-fits-all policy and protection for all citizens without exception. Rights are not a favor or a privilege to be doled out on the whim of bureaucrats and special interests. In a democratic society, rights do not discriminate against race, religion, ethnicity, age or gender.”
Marley Greiner, Chair, Bastard Nation.  Testimony: Massachusetts Joint Committee on Child ren and Families, SB 259.   Oct. 27, 2005,
 
“What’s the big deal?”
Adam Pertman at press conference preceding the The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children and Families Hearing on SB 959. Oct.27, 2005




ACS Cookbook

BASTARD NATION COOKBOOK

Bastard National Marla Paul, Editor of the BQ, is busy in the kitchen p utting together a Cookbook, The Adopted Child’s Syndrome Family Cookbook: Ordinary Meals for Extraordinary Families. It is being sold as a fundraiser for Bastard Nation’s “Who’s Next Fund. You’ll want to own this cookbook –it’s a one of its kind. You’ll be laughing and cooking at the same time. Just in time for Christmas!

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ACT!


Where The Action Is:

  Pennsylvania

  Maine

  New York

  New Jersey

  Stay tuned for updates and action alerts!

GET INVOLVED:

MASSACHUSETTS: MARTA

Nevada Open Website

OORAH - Oklahoma Open Records

Arizona Open

Missouri Open

Florida Records Equality Effort

Arkansas Open Needs Volunteers for Future Efforts!

Virginians for Adoption Reform and Education

Louisiana Adoption Advocates






INTERNET: THE DAILY BASTARDETTE

http:www.bastards.blogspot.com

Bookmark this website. You won’t want to miss a word. It features daily commentary  by BASTARDETTE on issues of identity and adoptee rights, baby dumps, atrocities in the adoption industry, its paid lobbyists, and “deformer friends.” BASTARDETTE goes after anything and anyone who furthers the adoptee Culture of Shame.

BOOKS: PREGNANCY AND POWER

Rickie Solinger, author of Wake Up Little Susie and  Beggars and Choosers, has just published a new book, Pregnancy and Power. This latest book is a history of reproductive justice in this country. Ms. Solinger’s books are extremely well researched and at the same time they remain extremely “readable.”

Pregnancy and Power


MOVIES: LOGGERHEADS

Everyone’s talking about Loggerheads, the new movie opening around the US this month. The film was inspired by a true story -  “One son. Two mothers. Three endangered lives.” Loggerheads has won many awards as Best Feature Film – watch for it in your city.
 
www.loggerheadsmovie.com



 Also on film:

FILM TELLS STORY OF OREGON'S   MEASURE 58

Measurable Rights: The Fight for Open Records in Oregon, is a film that tells how Helen Hill and Bastard Nation used Oregon's Ballot Measure 58 to open sealed birth certificates for all of Oregon's adult adoptees.  Filmmaker Paul Fournier captures the very essence of grassroots activism as he follows Helen and Bastard Nation from the initiative's inception to it's ultimate victory in the courts.  "Measurable Rights "is inspiring and an essential teaching tool for all adoptee rights activists!

www.measurablerights.com

            Unlocking the heart of adoption


Unlocking the Heart of Adoption is a compelling film created by birthmother and Bastard Nation member Sheila Ganz, which has been selected for airing on public television. Visit the film's website to learn more about the film and how you can pitch in to help bring this important documentary onto the nation's airwaves.

http://www.unlockingtheheart.com/


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Editors: Anita Walker Field and David C. Ansardi
c. 2005 Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization


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