In a few hours I’m off to the sunny state of Maine to testify before the Joint Judiciary Committee in favor of LD 1805–the bill, which if passed, will restore the right of identity and records access to Maine’s adoptees. According to the weather report the temperature is 14 but feels like 8. Does it make any difference at that point?
Anyway, I’ll be back in a few days with a full report and pictures and a copy of my testimony. I’d post my testimony now, but why give the Axis of Evil a leg up to piss on us?
With a little luck, there will be another NCFA meltdown. BTW, NCFA’s St. Andre Home is leading the braying pack calling for birthparent privilege. Right on Andy’s heels are the Catholic Diocese and Planned Parenthood. That bed sure is getting crowded.
Here’s information about Maine’s Access 2006 campaign to take back our identities in Maine.
And here is the Bastard Nation action alert. Write the committee and let them know that you support Maine’s bastards and adoptees and that you want Maine to become the 6th state to recognize that adopted persons are people, too!
SUPPORT MAINE’S LD1805 – COMMITTEE HEARING ON FEB. 28, 2006!
BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE FREELY
MAINE ACTION ALERT: URGE THE MAINE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY TO VOTE YES ON LD1805!
BASTARD NATION: THE ADOPTEE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION fully supports (as written) the bill that is being heard in MAINE: LD1805. We urge all Bastard Nation members and adoptee rights supporters to contact the committee members and ask them to vote YES on LD1805.
On TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 @ 1:00 pm, LD1805 WILL HAVE A HEARING BEFORE THE JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY. THE LANGUAGE OF THE BILL, AS WRITTEN, IS BASED ON NH’S LAW AND WILL ALLOW ADULT ADOPTEES TO ACCESS THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN THE SAME MANNER AS ALL NON-ADOPTED ADULTS WHO WERE BORN IN MAINE. THERE IS A CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM INCLUDED IN THE BILL, WHICH WILL ALLOW BIRTH PARENTS TO EXPRESS THEIR DESIRES ABOUT CONTACT, SIMILAR TO SYSTEMS IN PLACE IN OREGON, ALABAMA, AND NEW HAMPSHIRE. PLEASE HELP MAINE BECOME THE 6TH STATE TO ALLOW ADULT ADOPTEES UNCONDITIONAL ACCESS TO THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES!
Please call and e-mail your letter of support urging a yes vote on LD1805 to all Representatives and Senators of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.
Read the full text of LD1805:
The MAINE State government page can be accessed here: http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/search.asp
If you are out-of-state, be sure to mention any Maine connection you may have.
PLEASE WRITE the Representatives & Senators of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and ask them to vote YES LD1805. Help spread the recent victory for adoptee rights in New Hampshire to its neighbor to the North! REMEMBER: Passage of a clean bill in Maine can help efforts in YOUR state! Legislatures do look to their counterparts in other states to gauge trends in law. We need to work together to end adoptee rights violations in ALL states and provinces!
* * * CONTACT INFORMATION MAINE REPRESENTATIVES & SENATORS***
Senator Barry J. Hobbins (D-York), Chair :no email; Senate Democratic Office: 207-287-1515
Senator Lynn Bromley (D-Cumberland) : [email protected]
Senator David R. Hastings III (R-Oxford) :[email protected] (home)
Representative Deborah L. Simpson (D-Auburn), Chair :[email protected]
Representative Sean Faircloth (D-Bangor) : [email protected] (home)
Representative Stan Gerzofsky (D-Brunswick) : [email protected] (home)
Representative Marilyn E. Canavan (D-Waterville) : [email protected] (home)
Representative Mark E. Bryant (D-Windham) : [email protected]
Representative Michael Edward Dunn (D-Bangor): [email protected]
Representative Roger L. Sherman (R-Hodgdon)* :[email protected]
Representative Roderick W. Carr (R-Lincoln) :[email protected]
Representative Joan Bryant-Deschenes (R-Turner) :[email protected]
Representative Joan M. Nass (R-Acton):[email protected]
***RAPID E-MAIL CUT AND PASTE***
(copy this block of e-mail addresses into the BCC: line of your e-mail message and send one e-mail that will be distributed to all of the Representatives or Senators)
Committee Clerk: Susan Pinette
Policy Analyst: Margaret Reinsch (Office of Policy & Legal Analysis)
Fiscal Analyst: Tim Leet (Office of Fiscal & Program Review)
Hearing Room: Room 438, State House – phone (207) 287-1327
Chairs’ Office: Room 433, State House
Committee on Judiciary
100 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0100
Call, fax, e-mail, and write today! Your letters and phone calls do make a difference.
Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization
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