Group fights for equal access
October 4, 1998
By Mary Mogan Edwards
Dispatch Staff Reporter
Adult members of Bastard Nation know that at least part of the reason for keeping adoption records secret traditionally has been to protect adoptees from the shame of illegitimate birth.
As their name suggests, they don’t worry about that stigma.
“We’re saying, ‘We don’t care,’ ” said Pamela Zaebst, who was adopted as an infant and spent years trying to find out the circumstances of her birth. “We know most of us were born to unwed parents, and we see no shame in that. We just want the same information that’s available to any other citizen.”
Far more important, members say, is the right of everyone to know exactly when and where they were born and who their parents are, as well as the practical necessity of knowing one’s family medical history.
Bastard Nation members set up a table yesterday at Borders Books & Music store on the Northwest Side to offer help to anyone who might want to find out about family members who have been separated by adoption or divorce. … Continue Reading