The fallout from SB63 is still dropping on
One Benedict Bastard, however, was outted by Jason Millman in yesterday’s Boston Herald: Susan Hicks, described as an adoptee and head of the ABC Committee. Hicks, recalling her own experience of trying to get her original birth certificate, says “I thought it was insane, it’s such a humiliating process… Something needs to be done about this. It doesn’t even make sense in today’s society.” We can only assume that Ms Hicks believes that sealed records are humiliating and nonsensical for her, but not for anyone else. It would be interesting to know if she’s pre- or post cut-off date. Care to make a bet?
On the industrial front, the barely controlled glee of Nancy L. Scannell, director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was captured by the Springfield Republican “It’s a very meaningful right of access these folks now have,” she gushed. Too bad the Republican didn’t talk to “those folks” whose “meaningful right of access” is swimming with the fishes in
If you have a minute pick up your nearest industrial-size adoption barf bag and go to the MPCC legislative alert page where they hype equalization (Last year’s compromised HB2690 pocket vetoed by Mitt Romney and this year’s HB 2190,virtually identical to HB 2690) while they fluff over “restrictions” (my emphasis):
BILL: An Act Further Regulating Access to Birth Certificates
Lead Sponsors: Representative John Lepper and Senator Frederick Berry
Docket Number: HB 2190
What it will do: This bill would allow people adopted in
Bonus points go to MPCC director Marylou Sudders, who 2 ½ years ago said “[h]aving a birth, certificate is a fundamental right. Think of all the things you need it for.” (South of Boston Patriot Ledger, Jan 17, 2005 . Apparently, those born in non-politically correct years don’t need the “things” those born on either side of them need.
Finally, let’s visit Sen. Susan Fargo, sponsor of the original clean SB959 that over the last 2 years morphed into a number of compromised bills (it’s confusing,I know!) and Rep. John Lepper, co-sponsor of SB63. According to the September 9 Boston Herald,
In the August 31
Pray tell, Rep. Lepper, where in any
Hint to the General Court and ABC: go back to school and work on reading comprehension.
And, in case anybody wonders, Musing of the Lame blogger and
The National Council for adoption, of course, continues to spout its doom and gloom message that adoption as they know it in
We are not through with Massachusetts and ABC, Keep checking back!