Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization, the largest adoptee civil rights organization in North America, opposes S799. We recommend that this bill be defeated on the Senate floor

S799 permits some New Jersey adopted adults to receive their true and accurate original birth certificates. Others, through the compromise language of the birthparent disclosure veto, will receive only a false and mutilated government document with the name and address of the parent(s) bureaucratically excised by the Department of Health and Senior Services by order of the birthparent(s).

Bastard Nation rejects the special right of birthparents to remove their names from the birth certificates of their own adult offspring. No other parent has that right. Why should birthparents have different rules?

We are also troubled that the bill requires birthparents, under specific circumstances, to submit a medical and health history to the state, a requirement that is most likely illegal under HIPAA and other privacy laws.

Since 1999 four states have restored to adoptees the unrestricted right to records and identity access: Oregon through ballot initiative, and Alabama, New Hampshire, and Maine through legislation. Why should New Jersey buck the tide and pass a bill that continues to treat adoptee access to their own birth certificates as a favor, not a right–a right that the non-adopted enjoy without a second thought?

Rights are for all citizens, not favors or privileges doled out by legislators and special interest groups. New Jersey does not segregate rights by religion, ethnicity, age, or gender. It should not segregate rights by birth, adoptive status, or parental preference.

Either go back and create a clean bill that restores the rights of all adoptees to full citizenship or kill this discriminatory bill that does nothing but grant favors to some and blacklists others.

All of the New Jersey’s adoptees must enjoy equal protection, due process, and dignity. New Jersey adoptees deserve better than this.

Executive Committee
Bastard Nation: the adoptee rights organization

Anita Walker Field
Nina M. Greeley
Patricia Marler
Peter Mose
Marla Paul
Marley Greiner, Executive Chair

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  1. I know it’s not your location, BD. but the Michigan bill is getting convoluted the same way by input from the MI Bar Association and…get this…the MI chapter of NOW. NOW even quotes A**h*** Atwood. They, who espouse the image of women as strong and capable, think we fragile, little nmoms need “protection.” *chortle

    The really stupid think about it all is that if they just opened the OBC’s, we are all usually mature and capable enough to handle things between us, adopted person to mother. It’s not about reunion, and it’s not even about medical history. It is about the right to know who you are!

  2. This is outrageous. Why should any parent have the right to remove his or her name from a birth certificate? I seriously doubt if any natural parents came up with that idea. Sounds like the opposition had a hand in the wording of that detail. I’d like to see anyone walk into their legistor’s office and say that they’d like their name removed from their marriage certificate and tax records. What idiot came up with the idea to remove a parent’s name from a document that records a historicall event of birth. Need to point out that the United Nations through UNICEF is striving to document the birth of all children worldwide. Perhaps the exclusionary goal of a handful of nuts is natural parents to toss their gametes carrlessly to the wind, no wait, that’s sperm donation and harvested eggs…just the facts, maime, just the facts…

  3. It all comes from ‘our” side, Joan. It’s what deformers do to “get something passed.” The oppositio opposes this even these compromises. Thank a liberal for vetoes and white-outs.

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