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Missouri Open

Bastard Nation is happy to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Missouri Open, the only authentic no-compromise organization dedicated to adoptee equality in the State of Missouri. It joins  BN partners CalOpen and Indiana Open Access.

The lack of transparency, communication, and professionalism within the current so-called Missouri “adoptee rights” movement, which is pushing badly compromised legislation and spreading mis-information about their work, is unconscionable. It jeopardizes the fight for adoptee equality and restoration of non-restricted access to Original Birth Certificates and other state-held adoption records not only in Missouri but nationwide. We are thrilled that Missouri Open, founded nearly 20 years ago and one of the original state adoptee rights organizations, has re-constituted itself and is working for true adoption equality.

Missouri Open is led by Konni Hall and Miren Kara Theiding with Lindsay Woodside acting as Missouri adviser. Lindsay is the founder of the original Missouri Open, a long-time BN supporter, and former BN LegCom member. Nearly 20 years ago she and Missouri Open brought the first OBC access bill, sponsored by Rep. Glenda Kelly, before the Missouri Legislature.  Due to health issues Lindsay has been unable to be active in the movement for the past few years, but she has never given up. Lindsay is the living history of the Missouri movement, and we are so happy that she is back with us. She is as solid as they come.

We asked the Missouri Open crew to tell us, in their own words, a little bit about themselves and their Missouri Open goals:

  • LindsayLindsay Woodside was born at Fairmont Maternity home, Kansas City, MO, May 1942, no truth in non- identifying information sent by Jackson County Court. Had DNA testing done which gave me the name of my biological mother who is deceased. Also biological father is deceased but court will still not release my OBC. Both adoptive parents also deceased and one of my children is deceased. It’s only me and my elder son but the court, regardless of what the law says, will not release my OBC. As you are aware, never supported veto of any sort and just barely support the CPF if written correctly.”

 

  • Konni 2Konni Hall is a 42 year old mother, RN and breast cancer survivor who was born and adopted in Arkansas. She has been searching for her birth parents without success for over 20 years and became involved in the open records movement after she moved to Missouri in 2003. I’m tired of halfway legislation that leaves some adult adoptees behind. Our original birth certificates were sealed at ADOPTION, not relinquishment. It’s a civil right for an adult to have his or her original birth certificate, whether or not he or she is adopted.

 

  • MirrenMirren Kara  Theiding is an adoptee in her 40’s, born in St. Louis, and adopted and raised in St. Louis County. I was born in Jewish Hospital, and I found my birth parents despite the CI system with its expensive search services and lack of ethics and oversight. I seek to help lead Missouri Open to put adoptee equality first: that means OBC access for all, no vetoes, no restrictions. I believe that there is no compromise possible or necessary when it comes to adoptee equality. No adoptee should be left behind. Period. Missouri Open’s mission–to restore equality to adoptees in Missouri–is the only way to proceed with legislation. Other groups in Missouri that settle for less will achieve less (and will leave adoptees behind). Leaving fellow adoptees behind is unconscionable.

You can read our Bastard Nation-Missouri Open agreement here.

Help us help bring genuine adoptee equality to Missouri!  Welcome Missouri Open and join Missouri Open’s Facebook page.

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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

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Proud Bastard Nation Partner:  Missouri Open

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Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Equal Access Oklahoma

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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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