Late Thursday night I learned that Pennsylvania HB 162, a clean bill to restore the right of OBC access to Pennsylvania adoptees, may be in trouble. Last October the bill passed the House 197-0 and seemed to have pretty clear sailing in the Senate where a committee vote is scheduled for March 18. Suddenly the Catholic Bishops, ACLU, and a cranky clerk of courts, heretofore asleep at the wheel, noticed that adoptees are poised to appear uninvited and unannounced on the doorstep of cowering but brave birthparents across the state, and something had to be done to stop this travesty.
Next day I learned that the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization for Women (PA-NOW) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR).\ had joined the ranks of parental reputation savers. As a long-time (now former) NOW member, chapter officer and newsletter editor, and the co-founder of a local rape crisis center, I’m irked.
I haven’t read any of the submitted testimony yet, but I can imagine the arguments, Regurgitated fakey facts and hysteria about abortion and discredited “promises of birthparent anonymity ” Importantly, for the first time in about 15 years when California NOW decided that OBC access was a threat to women’s safety, we have PA-NOW and CPAR implying that: the adoptee rights movement, OBC access, and adoptees ourselves promote violence against women. We promote rape culture.
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