Friday, May 20, 2011

Bastard Nation Action Alert: Write Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Veto SB 351. This is not an adopatee rights bill!


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BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT!

STOP RESTRICTIVE MISSOURI SB351

ASK GOV. NIXON TO VETO

Read full text of SB 351 here.

Please contact Missouri Governor Jay Nixon immediately and urge him to veto SB 351. (Contact information below.) If you are from or in Missouri or have a Missouri connection, mention it in your communication.

Be sure to put: "Please veto SB 351 in the header

Bastard Nation's letter to Governor Nixon is here.

THE BILL

SB 351 makes superficial changes to OBC /original identity access structure, removing adoptive parent sign-offs, while maintaining retrospectively and prospectively the other restrictions which keep Missouri adoptee birth records and identity a state secret. It allows adoptees, under certain conditions, to access identifying information about siblings, and permits adoptees' lineal descendants under certain conditions, to access identifying information if the adoptee is deceased. The bill, however, does not even mention the term "original birth certificate" or what "identifying information" could be released and in what form. A letter from the court? An original birth certificate?

SB 351 is convoluted. Below is the official legislative summary posted on the bill's webpage:

Current law allows for nonidentifying information, if known, concerning undisclosed biological parents or siblings to be furnished by the child placing agency or the juvenile court to the adoptive parents, legal guardians or adopted adult upon request. This act allows such nonidentifying information to also be furnished to the adopted adult's lineal descendants if the adopted adult is deceased. SECTION 453.121.3

This act modifies the provisions regarding adopted adults obtaining identifying information of the undisclosed biological parents by making a request to the circuit court having original jurisdiction. This act provides that such identifying information shall also be furnished to the adopted adult's lineal descendants if the adopted adult is deceased. SECTION 453.121.4

Current law allows the adopted adult to make a request and prescribes a procedure for obtaining consent from both the adoptive and biological parents if prior consent has not been given either through the adoption information registry or through contact by the child-placing agency or juvenile court personnel. This act modifies current law by requiring just the biological parents to be notified about the request for identifying information. SECTION 453.121.4 AND 5

If a biological parent authorizes the release of information or if a biological parent is found to be deceased, the court shall disclose the identifying information as to that biological parent to the adopted adult so long as the other biological parent either:

-Is unknown

-Is known but cannot be found and notified

-Is deceased or

-Has filed with the court an affidavit authorizing the release of information. SECTION 453.121.7

This act provides that adopted adults may obtain identifying information on adult siblings with the sibling's consent without the court having to find that such information is necessary for health-related purposes. SECTION 453.121.8

Provisions of this act are similar to HB 427 (2011).


SB 351 IS NOT AN OBC ACCESS BILL.
SB 351 IS NOT ABOUT RIGHTS.
SB 351 IS ABOUT PRIVILEGE

Use the template here to contact Governor Nixon. Urge him to veto S 351.

or contact:

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222

Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization opposes legislation that denies any adult adoptee access to his or her own original birth records on par with all other citizens. Please let the Assembly know that this issue is not about relationships between adoptees and their "birthparents." It is about basic human and civil rights.

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