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

By Bob Katzen/[email protected]
GateHouse Media News Service
Mon May 07, 2007, 05:57 PM EDT

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.


  1. “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.”
    Oh dear. Someone who was born in 1974 would be, by my simple-minded calculations, in their early thirties.
    But, whatever. I guess the rationale is keep ’em infantalized, and keep ’em down.

    This guy deserves a butt-binkie.
    Aa well as a serious kick in the arse.

  2. I think it is generally children who are adopted. That seems to be his primary usage. And he’s just reporting whart happened.

    Although, from the responses, I think ‘children’ is quite apt. I would have aborted you, then we would have done without this drivel.

  3. Aw, what a special little snowflake you are, telling folks you know nothing about they’d be better off never having been born than becoming so uppity as to expect to see their own birth certificates. And anonymously too! Hey, that took some real guts.

    We know what kind of mentality we’re up against, but it’s always nice to have a reminder.

  4. What a bunch of dumb arses you all are.
    Bob Katzen is just a reporter who is peddling through press releases from the legislative leadership at the state house.
    He just edits the content to fit his word number limits.
    Looks like beacon hill just stuck that binkie in your yappers and shut you up.

  5. That’s why the words he chose are so telling. At any point at which he could have said “person” he instead chose “child.” Kind of like your choosing “dumb arses” and “abortions” for use in what ought to have been a polite debate among equals.

  6. Fulminating Anonymous, ‘whart’ever your problem is, you obviously don’t have a clue.
    Your rants are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    None of this has anything at all to do with ‘children’. It has everything to do with people who have reached the age of majority gaining access to birth records that were sealed when they were adopted as children.
    Which means that when adopted people reach the age of emancipation, they are, as full citizens, entitled to excercise the same rights as the non-adopted.

    Over the age of majority.
    No longer children.
    Get it?

  7. oh thats real mature. What a winner you are anonymous. So proud of what you say that you can’t even leave your name?

    I wonder if your mom wishes she would have aborted you? hmmm….

    You get the stinky binky award too!

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