College student Christina Cross-Parkhurst, is asking some interesting questions about the new Massachusetts “records access” law. See, deformers and their Beacon Hill hacks tossed an entire generation of the state’s adoptees, who made the mistake of being born at the wrong time, into a black hole, denying them access to the birth records, while letting those born at the politically correct times “permission” to own theirs. For a school project, she’s asking why.
The questions that she asks are some of the questions we’ve asked for months to no avail of legislators and the Benedict Bastards of the ABC Committee who took it upon themselves to decide who deserves identity rights and who doesn’t. (Daily Bastardette, Sept. 9, 2007 for bill signing).
I don’t know if Christina intends to take this outside the classroom. It would be fun, though, to send them to Sen. Karen Spilka who gutted the original clean bill; Susan Hicks and the ABC Committee who licked Spilka’s spike heel boots; and Dr. Joyce Pavao, a founder of the ABC Committee. The committee ducked for cover shortly after their abomination passed, and haven’t been seen since. Their names don’t even appear on their page. At the recent ASAIK conference at Pitt Dr. Pavao said during a small open mic session that she resigned from ABC when the committee voted to compromise. I did not have the opportunity to follow up on this. If this is true, we would like to see a public statement, prominently posted, from Dr. Pavao disavowing the law and the committee. As a founder of the group that sold the rights of all for favors to some, it would behoove her to set the record straight and explain what happened. Since the entire legislative process was held behind an iron curtain we won’t hold our breath.
Below is Christina’s request for help along with her initial questions as posted on the Open Records in New England Yahoo Group list. She has also posted a poll there, but I don’t think you can get to it unless you belong to the group. If you do belong, please take a minute to respond.
I am doing a project for school. I chose Adoptees having rights for my
topic. I myself, being an Adoptee have questions that if I had the
chance to ask. I will list the questions that I have thought of. It
would be great if you had any of your own and would like to add them.
1. Why do you believe that adoptees do not have the same civil rights
2. What do you intend to do for the people born after 1974, that would
like their original birth certificates.
3. I would just like to know the reasoning why most of you are only
concerned about the birth mothers rights? What about ours?
4. What is the purpose of sealed records; besides for the birth
mothers rights? I think that you would have to have more than just
that to keep us away from our records.
5. Have you ever been in the situation of feeling alone or incomplete
as a person? If not then how can you tell us it isn’t our right?
As of this writing, Christina needs 10 more questions. Here are some my questions for Christina to consider for submission. If you have questions you like answered about this Massachusetts Mess, please post them here.
The original bill, S959 was a clean unrestricted bill which restored the right of all Massachusetts adoptees to access their own birth certificates. During the initial hearing for that bill dozens of individuals and organizations testified in favor of it “as written.” Only the National Council of Adoption opposed. The bill was backed by Beacon Hill leadership and considered a “done-deal.” Why was the bill, which later became S63, corrupted and adoptee rights gutted?
Arguments regarding “implied promises” to birthparents were debunked by scholars, judges, birthparents, and activists years ago. Even those who oppose records access admit they are unable to present one document to prove otherwise, yet you chose to legitimate and codify those spurious “promises” and urban myths into law. Why?
If you were a blacklisted adoptee, denied access to your birth records because you were born at the wrong time, how would you feel?
Do adoptees ever grow up?
Do you believe that all persons born in Massachusetts have a right to their own true birth certificates, or only some? Why?
Are you aware that birth certificates are sealed only when an adoption is finalized in court? If a child is relinquished and never adopted, the birth certificate remains unsealed and accessible to anyone.
Are you aware that the names of birthparents often appear in legal ads in newspapers and in court documents given to adoptive parents?
PLEASE HELP CHRISTINA!
Post your questions and comments here. Her deadline is soon.