Saturday, March 20, 2010

BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT: STOP NEW JERSEY S799. SENATE VOTE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY

BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT

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STOP DISCLOSURE VETO/WHITE OUT LEGISLATION IN NEW JERSEY!!!

ASK THE NEW JERSEY SENATE TO VOTE NO ON S799

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


IT'S BACK!

S799 , (formerlyA752) is scheduled for a floor vote in the New Jersey Senate March 22, 2010.

Please contact Senate members immediately and urge them to VOTE NO ON S799. See contact information below.If you are from or in New Jersey or have a New Jersey connection, be sure to mention it in your communication.

Be sure to put: "S799 Adoptee Birthright Bill - Please Vote NO" in the header

S799 is: restrictive, discriminatory, creates a new, special and temporary ”right” for "birthparents," and exempts the state's adopted adults from equal protection and treatment regarding the release of the government-generated public record of their births.

The bill:

*includes a 12- month open enrollment period, starting after the Department of Health releases regs for S799 implementation, that allows "birthparents," to file disclosure vetoes before obcs, past and future, are unsealed

*authorizes the state to replace the original birth certificate, of those subjected to the DV, with a mutilated copy of the obc with all identifying information, including the address of the parent(s) at the time of birth (if it appears on the cert) deleted.

*requires birthparents who file a disclosure veto to submit an intrusive and probably illegal medical and family history form to activate the veto.

*requires birthparents who file a "contact preference form" to fill out the same intrusive and probably illegal medical and family history form.

*seals by default all "safe haven" birth certificates, even though most "safe haven" babies are born in hospitals to identified mothers.

*requires adoption agencies and adoption lawyers to receive a written veto status report from the state before they can release identifying information to adoptees

*requires the state to mount an "information" campaign to inform birthparents of their "protection" options

S799 IS NOT AN OBC ACCESS BILL.
S799 IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS.
S799 IS ABOUT PRIVILEGE

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 Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizen Committee 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, even within the 12-month "window of opportunity" perpetuates the violation of adoptee rights by making unaltered birth certificate access a privilege not a right.

Forcing, birthparents, under certain circumstances, to submit mandatory health and family history information to the state is intrusive and probably illegal.

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.

New Jersey's S799 is an abomination in light of the restoration of the right of original birth certificate access to all persons adopted in Oregon, Alabama, and New Hampshire, and Maine. Adult adoptees and all who support adoptee rights should stand united for unrestricted access laws and not sell out just to get a bill passed! Disclosure veto legislation is unethical and unjust!

Please e-mail the New Jersey Senate and urge them to VOTE NO ON S799

READ THE FULL TEXT AT: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S1000/799_I1.PDF

CONTACT information. The New Jersey Leg page has no listing of email addresses,. You can either go to each individual Senate member page and use the template http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/abcroster.asp or use the cut and paste list below,

SenAllen@njleg.org,
SenBateman@njleg.org,
SenBeach@njleg.org,
SenBeck@njleg.org,
SenBucco@njleg.org,
SenBuono@njleg.org,
SenCardinale@njleg.org,
SenCiesla@njleg.org,
SenCodey@njleg.org,
SenConnors@njleg.org,
SenCunningham@njleg.org,
SenDoherty@njleg.org,
SenGill@njleg.org,
SenGirgenti@njleg.org,
SenGoodwin@njleg.org,
SenGordon@njleg.org,
SenHaines@njleg.org,
Kean@njleg.org,
SenKyrillos@njleg.org,
SenLesniak@njleg.org,
SenMadden@njleg.org,
SenNorcross@njleg.org,
SenOtoole@njleg.org,
SenOroho@njleg.org,
SenPennacchio@njleg.org,
SenRice@njleg.org,
SenRuiz@njleg.org,
SenSacco@njleg.org,
SenSardo@njleg.org,
SenScutari@njleg.org,
SenSinger@njleg.org,
SenSmith@njleg.org,
SenStack@njleg.org,
SenSweeney@njleg.org,
SenTurner@njleg.org,
SenVandrew@njleg.org,
SenVitale@njleg.org,
SenWeinberg@njleg.org,
SenMadden@njleg.org,
SenSinger@njleg.org,
SenWhelan@njleg.org



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