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 Pennsylvania adoptees need your help NOW!

HB 162 is being heard Tuesday September 16 in the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth. This is a clean bill that will restore the right of access without restriction to all Pennsylvania-born adoptees to their original birth certificates.  The bill has already passed the House and is now being challenged by Catholic Charities, the ACLU and anti-abortion groups in the Senate. It is imperative that Pennsylvania legislators know  that OBC access is a civil right that must be restored to all adopted adults.

Please send your letter of support  for HB 162 as written without restriction to committee members now.  Your message need not be long. Let them know that the age of sealed  birth certificates is  over.

You can read HB 162 here.

The personal letter to the committee from Marley Greiner, Executive Chair of Bastard Nation is here. (It was originally sent as submitted testimony in March 2014 and an addenda has been added for this hearing regarding false abortion claims).

Below is the contact list for the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth.

The following members must be contacted through their web sites   Cut-and-pasteyour message and drop into these web sites’ email message windows with a salutation to each senator as you write:

Senator Randy Vulakovich  http://www.senatorvulakovich.com/contact/

Senator Bob Mensch  http://www.senatormensch.com/contact-me/ Senator Elder Vogel, Jr  http://www.senatoreldervogel.com/contact-me/ Email addresses of other senators: Senator Scott Wagner swagner@pasen.gov Senator Joseph Scarnati  jscarnati@pasen.gov; Senator David Argall  dargall@pasen.gov Senator Lisa Baker  lbaker@pasen.gov; Senator Sean Wiley  senatorwiley@pasenate.com Senator Judith Schwank  SenatorSchwank@pasenate.com Senator Michael Stack  stack@pasenate.com Senator John Yudichak  yudichak@pasenate.com

swagner@pasen.gov;scarnati@pasen.gov;lbaker@pasen.gov;dargall@pasen.gov;senatorwiley@pasenate.com;SenatorSchwank@pasenate.com; stack@pasenate.com;  yudichak@pasenate.com

Complete contact information:

CHAIR: Senator Randy Vulakovich Senate Box 203040 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3040 (717) 787-6538 FAX: (717) 787-8625 1407 Mt. Royal Blvd. Glenshaw, PA 15116 (412) 487-6600 FAX: (412) 487-6607 VICE CHAIR: Senator Scott Wagnerw\Senate Box 203028 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3028 Room:  460 Main Capitol (717) 787-3817 FAX: (717) 783-1900 218 North George Street York, PA 17401 (717) 846-2828 FAX: (717) 852-8478 MINORITY CHAIR: Senator Sean Wiley Senate Box 203049 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3049 (717) 787-8927 FAX: (717) 772-1588 1314 Griswold Plaza, S. 100 Erie, PA 16501 (814) 453-2515 FAX: (814) 871-4640 MAJORITY MEMBERS (Republican) Senator Joseph Scarnati III   (Ex-Officio) Senate Box 203025 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3025 (717) 787-7084 FAX: (717) 772-2755 410 Main Street Brockway, PA 15824 (814) 265-2030 FAX: (814) 265-2040 Senator David Argall Senate Box 203029 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3029 (717) 787-2637 FAX: (717) 783-8657 One West Centre Street P.O. Box 150 Mahanoy City, PA 17948 (570) 773-0891 FAX: (570) 773-1675 Senator Lisa Baker Senate Box 203020 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3020 (717) 787-7428 FAX: (717) 787-9242 2512 Route 6 Hawley, PA 18428 (570) 226-5960 FAX: (570) 226-5964 Senator Bob Mensch Senate Box 203024 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3024 (717) 787-3110 FAX: (717) 787-8004 Senator Bob Mensch 404 Main Street, Suite A Pennsburg, PA 18073 (215) 541-2388 FAX: (215) 541-2387 Senator Elder Vogel Jr. Senate Box 203047 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3047 (717) 787-3076 FAX: (717) 772-2756 488 Adams Street Rochester, PA 15074 (724) 774-0444 FAX: (724) 773-7384 MINORITY MEMBERS (Democrats) Senator Judith Schwank Senate Box 203011 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3011 (717) 787-8925 FAX: (717) 772-0578 210 George Street, S. 201 Reading, PA 19605 (610) 929-2151 FAX: (610) 929-2576 Senator Michael Stack Senate Box 203005 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005 (717) 787-9608 FAX: (717) 772-2162 12361 Academy Road Philadelphia, PA 19154-1927 (215) 281-2539 FAX: (215) 281-2798 Senator John Yudichak Senate Box 203014 Harrisburg, PA 17120-3014 (717) 787-7105 FAX: (717) 783-4141 1701 Wyoming Ave. Exeter, PA 18643 (570) 883-4690 FAX: (570) 883-4694 MEG div class=”alignright”>Print Article Print Article

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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.

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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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