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

Michigan Open Access advocates for the restoration of human and civil rights of Michigan adult citizens denied by law from having access to personal records pertaining to their historical, genetic and legal identities, because they were adopted as children.  It  seeks to restore the dignity of adult adoptees by eliminating the government’s imposed management of adult adoptees relationships resulting from sealed records.

A webpage is forthcoming. Please “like” MOA’s Facebook page. You can read the BN-MOA partnership resolution here.

Michigan Open Records  is led by Marcy Portney and Mona Divitto Brant.

We asked them to tell us, in their own words, a little bit about themselves and their goals for Michigan Open Access.

Marcy Portney:   Born 1963, Detroit, Michigan at Florence Crittenton Hospital. Adopted as an infant. Lived in metro Detroit area entire life.

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Since early childhood, the only negativity in my life was imposed on me and my adoptee status by the state of Michigan in the shame associated with the secrecy of the state’s adoption law. Receiving my original birth certificate from the state of Michigan is the apology for the demeaning, degrading treatment- for making someone else’s emotional wel-lbeing my burden; for my inability to prove I was a U.S citizen to get my passport without the help of Senator Carol Levin; and for the state’s degrading management of my relationships for me.

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Monia Divotto Brant:   I was relinquished through Wayne County Catholic Social Services in 1965.  I have spent a lot of money and years searching to find my biological heritage, including the most powerless route of petitioning our courts and being appointed a Confidential Intermediary.  I have utilized DNA as well and have finally completed my search.  My fight is for each and every one of us adoptees to have total open access to our birth certificates in Michigan as well as to set a precedent for the entire United States, that we will not settle,and No One will be left behind!

 

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  1. Currently the NY legislature is recessed. But the Assembly did pass a very bad version of a bill: A2901c. The Senate reconvenes in January and will vote on their (bad) version S5964b. We call this bill “Tarnished Silver” named for the former Speaker, Sheldon Silver. He and the Senate leader, Dean Skelos, were each convicted and sentenced to jail for using their offices for personal gain.

  2. Dave L. says:

    I was adopted in 1962? I have served this great nation as a soldier….going to war …..later as a Police Officer……I am angry that someone else can hold onto a file about me…..know more than me about my family….deny me the right to know my mother or father or to pray at their grave……the whole secrecy thing….is so Un-American……it reeks of Nazi-ism and socialism….I wonder if there are any friendly judges in Detroit ….that would listen to a petition……

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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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