Current Massachusetts law allows adoptees to access their original birth certificates without condition at age 18 if they were adopted on or before July 17, 1974 or on or after January 1, 2008.
H1892 and S1267 are currently in the Joint Committee on Public Health. These companion bills are clean and probably the shortest OBC access bill in history. When enacted the gap between the haves and have nots, the worthies and the unworthies, will be closed, and the right of all Massachusetts adoptees, without restriction, to their own OBCs will be restored.
Bastard Nation has supported these bills and similar bills for years. Unfortunately, they are a low priority and are left to die at the end of each 2-year session. This discrimination has got to stop.
A hearing in the Joint Committee of Public Health. is scheduled for December 10. Massachusetts adoptees need our help now.to move the companion bills out of the Joint Committee.
The adoptee rights group OBC for MA has issued an Action Alert requesting testimony and support at this hearing. Bastard Nation will file testimony and will post it here after the hearing.
OBC for MA is not affiliated with Bastard Nation.Action Alert is below.
OBC for MA Action Alert
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
1:00 PM Room A-2
This is YOUR fight – please make sure we win.
Join Access Massachusetts to advocate for H.1892/S.1267
An Act granting equal access to original birth certificates to all persons born in Massachusetts comes before the Joint Committee on Public Health. We need your voice!
Massachusetts State House
14 Beacon St. Boston
If you would like to testify (see below for details,
please email us at
Current Status. H.1892/S.1267 – An Act granting equal access to original birth certificates to all persons born in Massachusetts – are assigned to the Joint Committee on Public Health. The Committee has scheduled the bills for hearing next Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 PM in State House Room A-2.
We need to bombard the Committee with powerful written testimony, so PLEASE add your voice. Written testimony may be submitted as part of our packet for the Committee. Make it personal. Talk about why access to OBCs is important to you. Keep it short (no more than 2 pages), and include your full name and address. Please send your testimony to us by email ([email protected]) by Saturday at 5:00 PM for inclusion in our packet. Or, you may submit directly to:Joint Committee on Public Health, 24 Beacon St.Room 413-C, Boston, MA 02133. We need a positive report out from the Joint Committee in order to move our bills forward.
Live testimony during the hearing will likely be limited to 1 – 3 minutes per person – depending on the number of people who sign in to testify. If you would like to testify, please let us know, so that we can plan according..
Live testimony during the hearing will likely be limited to 1 – 3 minutes per person – depending on the number of people who sign in to testify. If you would like to testify, please let us know, so that we can plan accordingly.
E-mail Access Massachusetts at [email protected] if you are willing and able to attend the hearing. Please let us know whether you plan to testify (limit 1 – 3 minutes) and/or show support for the bills by your presence.