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We have received the following Action Alert from Access Connecticut.  Bastard Nation is not involved in this legislative action and has no relationship with the organiztion, but we support its effort to equalize unrestricted OBC access for all Connecticut adoptees.  The bill in question will be a clean bill to close the current gap in Connecticut law that deprives those  adopted before October 1, 1983 from unrestricted OBC access.   It deserves a hearing.  Access Connecticut 2016  Position Statement

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I urge all of you contact your legislators IMMEDIATELY and ask them to contact the Co-Chairs of the Public Health Committee and urge them to RAISE our proposed bill.

The bill must be introduced by the Public Health Committee or it will not be considered in the 2016 legislative session.  We have received feedback that the bill may not be introduced.  (In short sessions like this one only Committees can raise bills, not individual legislators.)

Access Connecticut has made great progress and worked too hard for the bill not to be introduced and considered by the General Assembly this session.

The Committee Co-Chairs are Rep. Matt Ritter (D – Hartford) and Rep. Terry Gerratana (D – Berlin, Farmington, New Britain)

http://www.housedems.ct.gov/ritterm/

http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/gerratana.php

SAMPLE EMAIL TO YOUR LEGISLATOR:

I am writing to ask you to reach out to the Co-chairs of the Public Health Committee, Rep. Matt Ritter and Rep. Terry Gerratana, and urge them to introduce the bill proposed by Access Connecticut to restore the right of adult adoptees born and adopted prior to October 1, 1983 to access their original birth certificates.  This would extend the right established under PA 14-133 to ALL Connecticut adoptees.

We have heard that some members of leadership of the Public Health Committee may be concerned that, since the bill authorizing access to original birth certificates for some adults was approved less than two years ago, it may be too soon to consider a bill that restores access for all adult adoptees.

While Access Connecticut appreciates the legislature’s action in 2014, most adult adoptees who have been advocating for the new law for years did not benefit from it. Many were adopted before Oct. 1, 1983, the earliest date when persons whose adoptions were finalized may receive a copy of their original birth certificate from the Department of Public Health. Many of these persons are older today and some have become ill or died without knowing their medical health history information. This bill would help provide access to such vital information.

Thank-you so much for your support of health of adoptees, their children and grandchildren.

Please email or call your legislators now!  We will keep you posted….

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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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