Sunday, December 04, 2005

STOP DISCLOSURE VETO/WHITE OUT LEGISLATION IN NEW JERSEY!!! S1093/A3237 IN COMMITTEE DEC. 8TH

BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT!

STOP DISCLOSURE VETO/WHITE OUT LEGISLATION IN NEW JERSEY!!!
ASK THE NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY FAMILY, WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES COMMITTEE TO VOTE NO ON A3237/S1093!!!!

DON'T LET PASSAGE OF BAD LEGISLATION IN NEW JERSEY THREATEN EFFORTS IN OTHER STATES FOR TRUE EQUAL ACCESS FOR ADULT ADOPTEES!!


A3237/S1093 was introduced in the New Jersey Legislature in 2004 and has already passed the Senate. The current version of the legislation is also known as S620. Although it started as a clean adoptee rights bill, which would have provided
all adult adoptees born in New Jersey with unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates, the bill was amended by the Senate on October 25, 2004 and now contains a disclosure veto provision. The amended legislation would provide a one year period following bill passage during which birthparents can file a veto against having their names disclosed on the original birth certificates. Please ask the NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY FAMILY, WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES COMMITTEE to vote "NO" against S1093/A3237 (S620), which is slated for committee hearing on Thursday, December 8th at 2:00PM EST.

Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization opposes legislation that denies any adult adoptees access to their own original birth records on par with all other citizens. Please let the Committee Members know that this issue is not about relationships between adoptees and their birthparents. It is about basic human and civil rights and the relationship between adoptees and the STATE of NEW JERSEY. The New Jersey state government should not be in the business of denying adult adoptees access to their own birth certificates in a misguided attempt to appease a mythical adversarial standoff between adoptees and birthparents. Inclusion of a disclosure veto in this bill perpetuates the violation of adoptee rights by making unaltered birth certificate access a privilege bestowed at the whims of birthparents.

Passage of bad legislation is New Jersey could easily undermine efforts of dedicated reformers who are holding the line for adoptee rights in other states. What happens in one state impacts what other legislatures will consider. New Jersey's A3237/S1093 is an abomination in light of the recent victory for adoptee rights in New Hampshire. Adult adoptees and all who support adoptee rights should stand united for unrestricted access laws and not sell out just to get anything passed! Disclosure veto legislation is unethical and unjust!

Please e-mail, call, and write the New Jersey Senators and urge them to VOTE NO ON S1093! DON'T LET PASSAGE OF BAD LEGISLATION IN NEW JERSEY SET A PRECEDENT FOR EFFORTS IN YOUR STATE!

READ THE FULL TEXT AT:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2004/Bills/S1500/1093_R2.HTM


READ OUR POSITION PAPER AT:
http://www.bastards.org/documents/conditional.html


CONTACT INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH E-MAIL BOUNCES USING THE DIRECT E-MAIL ADDRESSES. PLEASE USE THE HTTP:// ADDRESS FOR EACH LEGISLATOR (CLICK ON THE LINK) TO GO TO AN ONLINE FORM FOR CONTACTING THE COMMITTEE MEMBER DIRECTLY. THIS IS PREFERABLE TO USING THE DIRECT E-MAIL ADDRESSES. THANK YOU!

ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON FAMILY, WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Assembly Committee on Family, Women and Children's Services (Group D)
Previte, Mary T. - Chair
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/previte.asp
856-847-0777
AsmPrevite@njleg.org

Egan, Joseph V.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/egan.asp
732-249-4550
AsmEgan@njleg.org

Kean, Sean T.
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/keans.asp
732-974-0400
AsmKean@njleg.org

McHose, Alison Littell
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/mchose.asp
973-726--954


RAPID E-MAIL CUT AND PASTE: (PLEASE NOTE: No e-mail for Asm. McHose)
(copy this block of e-mail addresses into the BCC: line of your e-mail message and send one e-mail that will be distributed to all of the Senators)

AsmPrevite@njleg.org;AsmEgan@njleg.org;AsmKean@njleg.org

Your E-mail program may prefer to have the block of addresses formed as a
list:

AsmPrevite@njleg.org
AsmEgan@njleg.org
AsmKean@njleg.org


Call, fax, e-mail, and write today! Your letters and phone calls do make a difference.


Legislative Committee
Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization
http://www.bastards.org/

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