When Roe v Wade falls, the entire adoptee rights movement will be fucked. Bastard Nation, myself, and a lot of other people and organizations are speaking up, writing, and fighting back. I’ve been trying to write about this mess, but I am so angry and my thoughts are scattered and pretty useless right now. Coherence will come!
In the meantime…
This week the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School issued a collection of kick-ass blogs on its Bill of Health site regarding adoptees, adoption, abortion, and Safe Haven laws, and the expected demise of Roe by SCOTUS. You can find the entire collection–Adoption, Family Separation & Preservation, and Reproductive Justice—here.
They are all worth reading, but these are my favorites. I personally know some of the authors, and they are the real deal.
- Briggs, Laura. The Danger of Forced Pregnancy,
- Merritt, Michele. The False Choice: Adoptee Voices in the Fight for Reproductive Freedom,
- Oaks, Laury. Safe Haven Laws and Anti-Abortion Politics.
- Seymore, Malinda. Adoption and the Meaning of Consent,
- Sisson, Gretchen. Adoption, Family Separation & Preservation, and Reproductive Justice.
- Solinger, Rickie. The Racialized History of Adoption Practice,
- Swanson-Kyrico, Angie. A Birthmother Reflects The Perpetuation of Adoption Myths,
And oh dear! The loathsome Harvard Law adoption mill maven Elizabeth Bartholet, who never met a kid who needed to be adopted by privileged purchasers, is not in sight! I bet she has something to say about that!
My new website will be launched in the next few days, and I have a page on Abortion, Adoption, Safe Havens, and Reproductive Justice that includes a lot more resources.