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Current Law

OBC access available to adult adoptees only if they can identify the birth parents listed on it

 Identifying information released via a burdensome mutual consent registry. Even if matched on the registry, the applicant must participate in counseling for not less than 1 hour with a social worker or mental health professional with expertise in postadoption counseling before the release of information. In addition even though already registered, when a match is made, the parties are all contacted again and required to sign affirmative consents and participate in counseling before information is released.
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  • Bastard Nation Statement on Defeat of Texas HB 984. June 1, 2015
  • Why I Still Lobby by Carolyn Evaine Counterman, May 25, 2015
  • Bastard Nation Letter to Texas Senate: SH 984–Vote No! May 16, 2015
  • Bastard Nation Action Alert – Vote No on Texas HB 984, May 15, 2015
  • Bastard Nation Letter to the Senate State Affairs Committee, May 14, 2015
  • Bastard Nation Action Alert: Texas HB 984 – Amend or Vote No. May 11, 2015
  • Bastard Nation Letter to the House Committee on Public Health –HB 4470/SB499, Defeat Them!  May 6, 2009
  • Bastard Nation Action Alert: No On Texas HB4470/SB499, May 4, 2009
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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.