Bastard Nation submitted testimony opposed to SB 63, SB 77, and HB 2190 all of which codify a 34-year black hole for those adopted in Massachusetts, barring them from automatic unrestricted access to their own birth certificates. Below is BN’s SB 63 testimony. Since the other bills are basically the same, testimony opposing those bills is identical and won’t be posted here.
Links to all the bills can be found in the Bastard Nation Action Alert posted here on March 17 (below)
SUBMITTED TESTIMONY IN OPPOSITION TO SB 63:
An Act Further Regulating Access to Birth Certificates
(original birth certificate access to certain adoptees)
Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization, urges you to vote NO on SB 63.
Instead of treating all
According to SB 63:
(1) Adopted persons 18 years of age or older born in the commonwealth on or before July 17, 1974 or on or after January 1, 2008 or an adoptive parent of an adopted person under 18 years of age and born in the commonwealth on or after January 1, 2008 will be “allowed” unrestricted access to the original birth certificate.
(2) Adopted persons born in
SB 63 grossly discriminates against adoptees. Those born on or between July 16, 1974 and December 31, 2007 are not only treated differently from the non-adopted through a general sealing of their original birth records, but differently from those adopted before or after those dates.
The creation of a restricted class of adopted persons in SB 63, revives and legitimizes spurious claims of “implied promises of confidentiality” supposedly made to relinquishing parents in the state during blacked-out dates. These “implied promises” have been debunked repeatedly by legal scholars, court rulings, birthparents, adoptee rights activists—and by legal documents themselves which make no such “promise.” In 30 years of records access legislation, not one document has been presented to support “promises of confidentiality,” “privacy” or “anonymity “– implied or otherwise.
Adoptee access to original birth certificates is a basic human and civil right. The State of
SB 63 is an insult to every adopted person in
This reactionary bill goes against adoptee-positive change in
SB 63 is regressive, nonsensical, and ugly. If passed, it will be open to challenge from the blacklisted who want what is rightfully and legally theirs: their own birth certificates. SB 63 needs to be killed and replaced by a bill that respects all
Please vote NO on SB 63, come back with an unrestricted access bill, and show the people of
Leave no one behind! It’s the right thing to do.
ABOUT BASTARD NATION: the Adoptee Rights Organization: Bastard Nation is the largest adoptee civil rights organization in
Attachment 1: Bullet Points SB 63, SB 77, HB 2190