BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT: AMEND TEXAS HB 984
* * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * * *
(Please Distribute Immediately and Widely)
Issued May 11 , 2015
URGE THE TEXAS STATE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO
AMEND HB 984 OR VOTE NO
Bill House Analysis: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/analysis/html/HB00984H.htm
HB 984 (Deshotel) having cleared the House, now comes before the Senate State Affairs Committee. While the bill language is clean regarding adoptee access to their own original birth certificate, the accompanying Contact Preference Form is in reality a Contact Veto.
Section 2 and Section 3 of the bill would provide a birthparent a new affirmative right to “authorize” or “not authorize” contact, by their adult adoptee. The language of “prefer”, as utilized in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, and Maine, was lobbied OUT of this bill. By replacing this single word, it changes the intent of adoptee autonomy.
Texas HB 984 has been assigned to the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee. Currently, as written, the bill has a contact veto. Contact Vetoes make contacting the biological parent a potentially criminal act and deny adoptee’s due process under the law.
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A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Lisa Ryan from a local NPR station in Illinois about SB 1670, an amendment to the state’s Safe Haven law. My central gripe about the bill is that it would create a “foundling birth certificate” to serve as an original birth certificate for all newborns “relinquished” at a state-authorized safe haven ” drop off point. The certificate, to protect parental anonymity, will contain no identifying information about the relinquishing parent even if that information is known to hospital, fire, police, or social service authorities.
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