I don’t know how BB Church feels about awarding a Golden Binkie, but surely Bob Katzen, a reporter for the Malden Observer/Beacon Hill Roll Call deserves special recognition for his May 7 review of S 63, the Massachusetts Adoptee Black List bill. In a mere 208 words, Mr. Katzen managed to call adopted adults “children” 8 times. That’s once every 28 words. It takes about 75 seconds to read the article out loud at normal speed, which mans every 9.375 we’re called children. Hand that man a binkie!
Here’s the entire article:
Beacon Hill Roll Call
Give adopted children access to birth records (S 63) — The Senate approved and sent to the House a bill giving children adopted before 1974 and after Jan. 1, 2008 access to their birth certificates including the names of their biological parents.
The measure applies only to children who have turned 18 years old.
Children born between 1974 and 2007 would not have automatic access but would still be able to attempt to get a court order to obtain the certificates. The 1974 cutoff date was chosen because the state in 1974 approved a law that required children to get a court order to obtain the records. The measure also sets up a registry that allows biological parents to provide their contact information if they are interested in a reunion with their children.
Supporters said that adopted children have a right to get the names of their biological parents. They noted that this would save lives by allowing these children to have access to their families’ medical history. Opponents said that the bill would increase the number of abortions because biological parents would not longer be guaranteed anonymity.
Supporters countered that states with similar easy access laws have a lower rate of abortion than those with restrictive access laws.