Saturday, March 17, 2007

URGENT ACTION NEEDED IN MASSACHUSETTS

BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT

THROW OUT SB 63, SB 77, and HB 2190

On March 21, 2007, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families, and
Disabilities will hold a hearing on two new access bills, SB 63, sponsored by
Senator Karen Spilka, SB 77, sponsored by Senator Susan B. Fargo. A third bill,
HB 2190, is identical to the others and it may be heard on March 21st as well.

Please contact the committee members immediately (see Contact Information
below). Urge them to completely do away with this bill. VOTE NO. Don’t even
amend it - just throw it away! Neither bill is fixable with any amendments
because the very core of the bills is ROTTEN. These bills are dangerous to the
cause of unsealing original birth records all over North America.

The bills in a nutshell:

1) THE BLACK HOLE

The Black Hole is the provision in all three bills which PREVENTS ADOPTED ADULTS
BORN BETWEEN JULY 14, 1974 AND JANUARY 1, 2008, FROM RECEIVING THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH
CERTIFICATES. All adoptees who fall into this Black Hole will
continue to be treated under Massachusetts’ old sealed records law. Those
adoptees born before 1974 or after 2007 may access their original birth
certificates.

34 years of adoptees will be discarded and thrown into this Black Hole.

2) THE IMPLIED PROMISE

Supporters of the bills contend that there was an “implied promise” of
confidentiality to birth mothers between 1974 and 2007 and that the state is
obligated to honor its “implied promise.”

We know there is no such thing as an “implied promise.” A promise either IS or
it IS NOT. An IMPLIED PROMISE is meaningless However, if these bills are
enacted, they will actually CREATE A CONFIDENTIALITY LAW where none exists
now.

Case law has shown that a legislature of 2007 is not entitled to invent the
legislative intent of a law from 1974. They can either identify the legislative
intent properly, or they can't.

These bills constitute a very dangerous precedent. They will damage chances of unsealing birth records all over North America.

Read the texts of bills at:
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st00/st00063.htm
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/185/st00/st00077.htm
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/185/ht02pdf/ht02190.pdf

CONTACT INFORMATION

Voice 617-722-2011
Fax 617-722-2238

JOINT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND DISABILITIES
Room 146
State House
Boston, MA 02133
Tel: (617) 722-2011
Fax: (617) 722-2338

RAPID CUT AND PASTE
SENATORS:
Karen.E.Spilka@state.ma.us,Thomas.McGee@state.ma.us,Steven.Baddour@state.ma.us,P
atricia.Jehlen@state.ma.us,Pamela.Resor@state.ma.us,Bruce.Tarr@state.ma.us

REPRESENTATIVES:
Rep.CherylCoakley-Rivera@Hou.State.MA.US, Rep.StephenLeDuc@hou.state.ma.us
Rep.CoryAtkins@hou.state.ma.us,cory@coryatkins.com,Rep.RobertNyman@hou.state.ma.
us,Rep.JamesEldridge@hou.state.ma.us,Rep.MaryGrant@hou.state.ma.us,Rep.TomSannic
andro@Hou.State.MA.US,Rep.JohnFernandes@Hou.State.MA.US,Rep.PamRichardson@Hou.St
ate.MA.US,Rep.JohnLepper@hou.state.ma.us, Rep.MaryRogeness@hou.state.ma.us


SENATORS:
Karen Spilka - Chair
Karen.E.Spilka@state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-1640
Fax: (617) 722-1077

Thomas McGee - Vice Chair
Thomas.McGee@state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-1350

Steven Baddour
Steven.Baddour@state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-1604

Patricia Jehlen
Patricia.Jehlen@state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-1578
Fax: (617) 722-1117

Pamela Resor
Pamela.Resor@state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-1120
Fax: (617) 722-1089

Bruce Tarr
Bruce.Tarr@state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-1600

REPRESENTATIVES
Cheryl Coaklely-Rivera - Chair
Rep.CherylCoakley-Rivera@Hou.State.MA.US
Tel: (617) 722-2011

Stephen LeDuc - Vice Chair
Rep.StephenLeDuc@hou.state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-2230
Fax: (617) 722-2846

Cory Atkins
Rep.CoryAtkins@hou.state.ma.us
cory@coryatkins.com
Tel: (617) 722-2013

Robert Nyman
Rep.RobertNyman@hou.state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-2020
Fax: (617) 722-2239

James Eldridge
Rep.JamesEldridge@hou.state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-2060

Mary Grant
Rep.MaryGrant@hou.state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-2014

Tom Sannicandro
Rep.TomSannicandro@Hou.State.MA.US
Tel: (617) 722-2090

John Fernandes
Rep.JohnFernandes@Hou.State.MA.US
Tel: (617) 722-2030

Pam Richardson
Rep.PamRichardson@Hou.State.MA.US
Tel: (617)722-2582

John Lepper
Rep.JohnLepper@hou.state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-2100 508-399-8985
Fax: (617) 722-2390

Mary Rogeness
Rep.MaryRogeness@hou.state.ma.us
Tel: (617) 722-2100
Fax: (617) 722-2390

2 Comments:

Blogger AdoptedWonder said...

Does this mean that if I was born in 1955 in MA that I can get my OBC?

Thanks

12:48 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Yes Adopeted Wonder - you were born in 1955 in MA - the bill states that anyone between 1974 and 2007 cannot access it. Currently in MA you can access your OBC.

11:16 AM  

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