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CALLING ALL BASTARDS!

INDIANA SB 91 ACTION ALERT
You do NOT have to reside in Indiana to take part!

Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Senator Brent Steele, will be voted on the House floor very soon. It has already passed the Senate and was voted out  the House Juduciary Committee today (Feb 15, 2016).   Your urgent action is needed, now! Please, contact all members of the House now  and asked them to defeat SH 91.

SH 91 is NOT an adoptee rights bill It does not restore OBC access and strenghtens state-control of our records and histores. (see “Mandates” below for details.)

Current State Law:

The birth certificate

IC 31-19-13-1 states that the court, adoptive parents or an adoptee may request a birth certificate not be sealed.

IC 31-19-13-4 If a decision to amend the birth certificate is made then each local health department seals the original birth certificate OR surrenders the original birth certificate to the State Health Department, as the Department directs.

IC 31-19-13-3 If an adoption is annulled or revoked then the original birth certificate is restored.

IC  31-19-13-2 A sealed original birth certificate may only be INSPECTED in accordance with IC 31-19-17 through 31-19-25.5

 

The Registry

 Indiana-born adoptees adopted on or after Jan. 1,1994 (and 21 or over) are required to join the Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry.  (IAMHR)  If ALL first parents listed on the original birth certificate (OBC)  join the registry with proof that they are who is listed on the obc, the adoptee will receive “identifying information.”  The adoptee does not, however, receive a copy of the obc. The adoptive parents of Indiana born adoptees adopted after Jan. 1, 1994 (and under 21)  are required to join the  Indiana IAMHR and all first parents listed on the obc  are required join the registry with proof that the parent is who is listed on the obc and without signing a Disclosure Veto (DV) to obtain access. Indiana-born adoptees born before Jan. 1, 1994 do not have access to the “identifying information”. In addition, Indiana-born adoptees born after Jan. 1, 1994 have access to pre-adoptive sibling information. Everyone who joins the registry must show proof of age (21 or older) or have an adult ( 21 or over) register in their place.

SB 91 link: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/senate/91#document-83cd0b38

 

SB 91 Mandates:

Sections 1,5,6,14,15,21,23,24,25,27,- renames a DV (a non-release of information form) a Contact Preference Form (CPF) while not altering the meaning or intent of the DV

Section 13 states that all adoptees, over the age of 21, regardless when the adoption occurred will be held to the same law.

Section  16 repeals the old DV form.

Section 17 re-establishes the DV form and calls it a “CPF” and a “non-release form.” Subsection (c) states the biological parent may override a filed CPF/DV in writing by stating the CPF/DV is no longer effective, and subsection (d) states that the DV is removed when the parent dies unless the parent says the DV is to remain in effect.

Section 18 establishes the DV/CPF. Subsection (b) requires the biological parent registering to provide one item of identification (for verification) in order for the CPF/DV to be accepted by the State Registrar. Subsection (f) states that a CPF/DV will lapse if the biological parent is deceased unless the biological parent states the CPF/DV is to remain in effect after their death.

Section 26 repeals the law denying those born before Jan. 1,1994 access to the registry.

Section 27 allows the biological parents to place a CPF/DV on pre-adoptive sibling information when pre-adoptive siblings have joined the registry and indicated that contact and information sharing is mutually desired.

Section, 27, subsection 2 (c ), states that if the pre-adoptive sibling or the adoptee submits documented proof that the biological parent is deceased for each parent listed on the birth certificate then the State Registrar will release the information IF the biological parent has not signed a CPF/DV. Subsection (f)(2) (b) allows the biological parent to extend the CPF/DV until after they are deceased.

Bill Consequences:

All Indiana-born adoptees, over the age of 21 will be required to join the Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry to access “identifying information,” but no OBC would be released.. Those under 21,  are required to have their adoptive parents join the registry. All biological parents listed on the obc must join the registry and submit proof that they are who is listed on the obc. Once joined, the biological parent  has the option to sign a DV thatcan  extend past death. Neither the DV nor the CPF/DV distinguishes between “identifying information” released. That means either the biological parent releases ALL of the “identifying information” (including being able to “inspect” the obc) or they release none. The CPF/DV is effective even if pre-adoptive siblings indicated, upon registration, that they want contact with each other and not with the biological parent. If either biological parent indicates that information may not be released, the State Registrar will not release any information.

Sample email:

Honorable Representative:

Senate Bill 91 is scheduled to come before the the floor of the House soon.

Although I thank Senator Steele for sponsoring legislation that addresses adoptee access to their state-held birth records, I find SB 91 unacceptable.

SB 91  is not an adoptee rights bill. It does not align with original birth certificate (OBC) access laws of states that provide unrestricted and unconditional  OBC access.  It does not, in fact,  even allow the release of the the OBC, the keystone of any adoptee rights legislation.  Instead, it only allows for the release of  “identifying information” taken from the OBC and relating to circumstances involving the Indiana Adoption Medical Registry (IAMHR).

SB 91 expands an already burdensome requirement that the adoptee and parent(s) listed on the OBC sign on to the IAMHR to even obtain “identifying information,” a requirement that no genuine “open records” state requires for OBC access.  Qualifying for the registry and subsequently being “allowed” to view the OBC is not the same thing as releasing the OBC to adoptees. The registry requirement conflates search and reunion with an adoptee’s right to possess their original birth certificates.  Like the not adopted, access  and receipt of our own OBCs should not be predicated on what we intend to do with them. Access  should not automatically be assumed by the state to include contact with our birth families..

Moreover, a genuine OBC access law does not contain a Disclosure Veto now misnamed in SB 91 as a “non-disclosure statement/contact preference form. (CPF) A genuine CPF simply offers an option to a birthparent to state a preference for contact.  It does not stop the release of the OBC nor does the contact preference hold legal teeth.

Finally, there is no guarantee or promise of “anonymity” in the adoption process as courts have repeatedly ruled.  The OBC is sealed only upon adoption finalization  If a child is not adopted or the adoption is overturned or disrupted later ,the OBC is unsealed. Identifying information appears  in court records given to adoptive parents and in legal ads. In Indiana, if an adoptive parent requests the court to let the OBC remain open, it remains open.

I urge you to vote NO! on SB 91.

Indiana House of Representatives Complete Contact List

rnold, Lloyd – h074 – h74@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Austin, Terri – h036 – h36@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Aylesworth, Mike – h011 – h11@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Bacon, Ron – h075 – h75@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Baird, Jim – h044 – h44@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Bartlett, John – h095 – h95@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Bauer, B. Patrick – h006 – h6@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Behning, Robert W. – h091 – h91@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Beumer, Greg – h033 – h33@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Borders, Bruce – h045 – h45@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Bosma, Brian C. – h088 – h88@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Braun, Mike – h063 – h63@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Brown, Charlie – h003 – h3@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Brown, Timothy – h041 – h41@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Burton, Woody – h058 – h58@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Carbaugh, Martin – h081 – h81@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Cherry, Bob – h053 – h53@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Clere, Edward – h072 – h72@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Cook, Tony – h032 – h32@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Cox, Casey – h085 – h85@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Culver, Wesley – h049 – h49@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Davisson, Steve – h073 – h73@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

DeLaney, Edward – h086 – h86@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Dermody, Thomas – h020 – h20@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

DeVon, Dale – h005 – h5@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Dvorak, Ryan – h008 – h8@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Eberhart, Sean – h057 – h57@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Ellington, Jeff – h062 – h62@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Errington, Sue – h034 – h34@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Fine, Bill – h012 – h12@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Forestal, Dan – h100 – h100@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Friend, William C. – h023 – h23@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Frizzell, David N. – h093 – h93@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Frye, Randy – h067 – h67@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

GiaQuinta, Phil – h080 – h80@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Goodin, Terry – h066 – h66@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Gutwein, Douglas L. – h016 – h16@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Hale, Christina – h087 – h87@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Hamm, Richard – h056 – h56@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Harman, Timothy – h017 – h17@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Harris, Donna – h002 – h2@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Heaton, Bob – h046 – h46@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Huston, Todd Michael – h037 – h37@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Judy, Chris – h083 – h83@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Karickhoff, Mike – h030 – h30@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Kersey, Clyde – h043 – h43@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Kirchhofer, Cindy – h089 – h89@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Klinker, Sheila J. – h027 – h27@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Koch, Eric Allan – h065 – h65@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Lawson, Linda – h001 – h1@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Lehe, Don – h025 – h25@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Lehman, Matthew – h079 – h79@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Leonard, Dan – h050 – h50@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Lucas, Jim – h069 – h69@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Lyness, Randy – h068 – h68@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Macer, Karlee – h092 – h92@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Mahan, Kevin – h031 – h31@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Mayfield, Peggy – h060 – h60@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

McNamara, Wendy – h076 – h76@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Miller, Doug – h048 – h48@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Moed, Justin – h097 – h97@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Morris, Robert – h084 – h84@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Morrison, Alan – h042 – h42@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Moseley, Chuck – h010 – h10@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Negele, Sharon – h013 – h13@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Niezgodski, David – h007 – h7@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Nisly, Curt – h022 – h22@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Ober, David – h082 – h82@in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Olthoff, Julie – h019 – h19@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Pelath, Scott – h009 – h9@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Pierce, Matt – h061 – h61@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Porter, Gregory W. – h096 – h96@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Price, John – h047 – h47@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Pryor, Cherrish – h094 – h94@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Rhoads, Rhonda – h070 – h70@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Richardson, Kathy K. – h029 – h29@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Riecken, Gail – h077 – h77@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Saunders, Thomas E. – h054 – h54@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Schaibley, Donna – h024 – h24@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Shackleford, Robin – h098 – h98@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Slager, Harold – h015 – h15@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Smaltz, Ben – h052 – h52@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Smith, Milo – h059 – h59@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Smith, Vernon G. – h014 – h14@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Soliday, Edmond – h004 – h4@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Speedy, Mike – h090 – h90@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Stemler, Steve – h071 – h71@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Steuerwald, Greg – h040 – h40@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Sullivan, Holli – h078 – h78@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Summers, Vanessa – h099 – h99@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Thompson, Jeff – h028 – h28@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Torr, Jerry R. – h039 – h39@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Truitt, Randy – h026 – h26@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

VanNatter, Heath – h038 – h38@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Washburne, Thomas – h064 – h64@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Wesco, Tim – h021 – h21@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Wolkins, David A. – h018 – h18@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Wright, Melanie – h035 – h35@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9842 – D

Zent, Dennis – h051 – h51@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Ziemke, Cindy – h055 – h55@iga.in.gov – 1-800-382-9841 – R

Indiana House of Representative’s Email Addresses (please use the BBC line):

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h11@iga.in.gov
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h44@iga.in.gov
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h45@iga.in.gov
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Those are the prerequisites. If you are interested, click the picture of the capitol rotunda, and fill out the application form. We will be in touch and schedule an online orientation and training.

We look forward to working with you!

Read what real live adoptees have to say about secret adoption and sealed records....A service of Bastard Nation and Emma Pea! Fighting adoptacrats since 1996.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Meet Sharley!

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:  Meet Sharley!

Bastard Nation Moms Club

Bastard Nation Moms Club

Bastard Nation is gathering the names of moms who are willing to step forward and say that they were never promised confidentiality. If you are willing to participate, please comment this status. Your name (and if you choose, the relinquishment date) will be added to a list used in newspaper ads and to educate legislators.

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Help us celebrate 20 years of bastardy! Bastard Nation is proud to announce the publication of "The Bastard Chronicles: 20 Years of Adoptee Equality Activism in the U.S.and the Birth of a Bastard Nation", Compiled and edited by Marla Paul, "The Bastard Chronicles" is primer for adoptee equality. It features a diverse collection of Bastard theory, and practice, Bastard and Bastard Nation history, legislative and political action, personal stories, art, and literature. It is the public face of Class Bastard written by Bastard Nationals and those we have influenced. Get yours in time for the holidays. Available at Amazon in print and Kindle today. (After the first of the year the print edition will also be available through the Bastard Boutique.

Bastards! Our Bastard Nation Logo T-shirts are now in the boutique! Show the world that we have no shame. Wear it proudly and represent!

Bastards! Our Bastard Nation Logo T-shirts are now in the boutique! Show the world that we have no shame. Wear it proudly and represent!

We also found a stash of our vintage BN logo keychains. There are only 10 left, so order yours! When they're gone, they're gone! Click he pic!

Join Bastard Nation!

Join Bastard Nation!

This summer we are updating our membership/donation page and payment process. If you would like to join or donate, please hit the spemrie. It will take you to our Bastard Boutique page. Follow instructions from there. Be sure to include a quick note with your contact information and anything else you'd like us us know..

My, my it’s American Bastard Pie! (design by Lisa Zatonsky)

My, my it’s American  Bastard Pie! (design by Lisa Zatonsky)

See our state partners:

See our state partners:

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: CalOpen

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: CalOpen

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Michigan Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner:  Michigan Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Missouri Open

Proud Bastard Nation Partner:  Missouri Open

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Equal Access Oklahoma

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Equal Access Oklahoma

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Open Adoption Records in Quebec

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Open Adoption Records in Quebec

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.

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