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Bastard Nation Action Alert Missouri: Stop attempt to kill adoptee rights in MO. Oppose HB 1822. Support HB 1599

February 15, 2016 News 2 Comments

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OPPOSE MISSOURI HOUSE BILL 1822

SUPPORT MISSOUORI HOUSE BILL 1599

 

The State of Missouri currently has two original birth certificate access bills under consideration:

House Bill 1599 is a “clean” bill that allows unrestricted access to the original birth certificate the same as the non-adopted. The bill includes a Contact Preference Form. House Bill 1599 is currently awaiting Hearing in the Select Committee on Social Services.  We SUPPORT House Bill 1599!


House Bill 1822 includes a disclosure veto (non-release of information form) and a redaction provision. The bill has received its Committee on Children and Youth Hearing. It will be presented for vote on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. If passed, the bill proceeds to the Select Committee on Social Services.
We OPPOSE House Bill 1822!

The two bills are in direct competition and the two bills are allowed to merge if both are in the “Select” Committee at the same time.  

Your IMMEDIATE action is required!

 

HB 1822 MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE IT CAN PASS INTO THE SELECT COMMITTEE!!!

HB 1822 links:


BILL SUMMARY: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/sumpdf/HB1822I.pdf

BILL TEXT: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1822I.PDF


SUMMARY: HB 1822 (McGaugh) is a re-introduction of HB 1112 (2015 session).

This bill changes the law regarding the release of certain adoption records. If the state registrar releases a copy of an original birth certificate upon presentation of a court order entered in accordance with the provisions of the bill, the state registrar must issue an uncertified copy of the unaltered original birth certificate. The copy of the birth certificate must have the following statement printed on it: “For informational purposes only – not to be used for establishing identity.” If the court discloses identifying information under the provisions of the bill, the court must also order release of copies of the following records of the adoption to the adopted adult or the adopted adult’s lineal descendants if the adopted adult is deceased:

(1) The original birth certificate;

(2) The consent to termination of parental rights;

(3) Any waiver of consent to future adoption of the child;

(4) The adoption decree; and

(5) The petition for temporary custody and adoption.

When identifying information is withheld under the provisions of the bill due to a lack of consent or a failure to locate a biological parent, the court must order redaction of any withheld identifying information contained in the above listed documents. Only those documents in the possession of the court or other state agencies must be subject to release under these provisions.

Please contact all members of the Missouri State HouseChildren and Families Committee  TODAY!

Urge a NO VOTE on House Bill 1822.

CONTACT INFORMATION to the Committee and a QUICK AND EASY TEMPLATE LETTER is right here:

EMAIL TEMPLATE:

SUBJECT LINE: HB 1822, Please vote NO!

RE: HB 1822, Please vote NO!

To the Honorable Diane Franklin, Madam Chair, and Honorable Members of the House Committee on Children and Families,

House Bill 1822 came before the House Committee on Children and Families on February 9th. I understand you will exec on the bill Tuesday, the 16th.

I strongly urge your NO Vote.

HB 1822 seeks to permanently keep adoptees as children. The truth is they grow up into adults and voters. It is poor policy to require that an adult adoptee be granted permission from a birth parent, who relinquished all rights, in order to receive their own birth certificate and records of their own adoption. The state should take no part in placing or keeping in place discriminatory hurdles on our once vulnerable and smallest state citizens.

House Bill 1822 conflates search and reunion with original birth certificate access. An adult adoptee wanting to receive a copy of their original birth certificate in the same manner as the non-adopted should NOT be assumed by the state to be seeking reunion. Nor does the bill respectfully treat either the first parents or the adult adoptee. Unlike a Contact Preference Form, which allows a first parent to assert their contact comfort level, while allowing an adult adoptee closure, House Bill 1822 utilizes a “non-release form” disguising as a parental permission slip, to a parent that legally relinquished all parental rights. It is degrading to both the first parent and the adult adoptee in that it does not recognize the adoptee as an Adult.

Nor does the bill align itself with Missouri’s goals of lowering abortion rates. States that allow restrictive access have not benefited in seeing lower abortion rates in the same manner as those states that allow unrestricted original birth certificate access. Although Missouri should be commended on attempting to reach its goals through other measures, there is always room for improvement. Unrestricted access is one such measure. After all, who is more Pro-life than a Birthmother?

Anonymity should not be misconstrued as meaning privacy. Anonymity has never been promised by any state and the courts have consistently ruled that birth is both an intimate affair and a public event. There is a dignified and a respectful way to handle the situation; House Bill 1822 is not it.

Thank you for your time, service, and consideration.

YOUR NAME

E-MAIL THE MISSOURI HOUSE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMITTEE TODAY!

RAPID E-MAIL CUT-N-PASTE

(Paste into your CC or BCC line and fire off one e-mail)

Diane.Franklin@house.mo.gov

Susan.Meredith@house.mo.gov

Jim.Neely@house.mo.gov

Nathan.Beard@house.mo.gov

Rick.Brattin@house.mo.gov

Cloria.Brown@house.mo.gov

Elaine.Gannon@house.mo.gov

Marsha.Haefner@house.mo.gov

Jeanie.Lauer@house.mo.gov

Stacey.Newman@house.mo,gov

Charlie.Norr@house.mo.gov

Tim.Remole@house.mo.gov

For those whose email provider requires a comma between recipients:

Diane.Franklin@house.mo.gov,

Susan.Meredith@house.mo.gov, 

Jim.Neely@house.mo.gov, 

Nathan.Beard@house.mo.gov,

Rick.Brattin@house.mo.gov,

Cloria.Brown@house.mo.gov,

Elaine.Gannon@house.mo.gov,

Marsha.Haefner@house.mo.gov,

Jeanie.Lauer@house.mo.gov,

Stacey.Newman@house.mo.gov,

Charlie.Norr@house.mo.gov,

Tim.Remole@house.mo.gov

 

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Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Mirren says:

    Thank you, Marley!

    • maddogmarley says:

      You’re very welcome, Mirren. It’s disgisting and also puzzling how deformers continue to not only compromise our rights, but have no compunction in perverting them to feed their own egos and twisted agenda that substitutes desire and reunion over rights. How do they live with themselves–or are they just plain stupid?

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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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