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September 4, 2007

His Excellency Deval Patrick, Governor
State House, Room 360

RE: SB 63 Adoption Bill

Dear Governor Patrick,

Massachusetts Access Rights to All (MARTA) asks you to veto SB63. This bill creates an unfair, discriminatory, tiered system in which adopted persons born in Massachusetts on or before July 17, 1974 and on or after January 1, 2008 can receive copies of their unaltered original birth certificates. Adoptees born between those dates will not be allowed to receive their original birth certificate except by petitioning the court.

MARTA believes that all people born in Massachusetts should be able to receive a truthful copy of the state record of their birth regardless of their adoptive status.
SB 63 is a mean-spirited, ugly, discriminatory bill. It is a slap in the face of every person adopted in Massachusetts. Adoption is supposed to be about the “best interests” of the child. But when that child grows up he or she apparently loses “best interest” status. Our “best interest” is suddenly subjugated to a government-created mythological “interest” du jour–in the case of SB63, an inexplicable codification of an “implied promise of confidentiality”–a promise whose existence has been debunked repeatedly by adoptee rights activists, adoption advocates, legal scholars, and court decisions.

Please veto SB63 and let Massachusetts adoptees and those who stand with them return to the

Great Court

and pass a genuine records access bill such as has been passed in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire & Maine that makes all adoptees equal to each other and the non-adopted.

Yours truly,

For the MARTA Executive Committee

Msgr. John W. Sweeley, Th.D.

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