Adoption Reform Illinois
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NEWS FROM: ADOPTION REFORM ILLINOIS
Attn: News Director March 28, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Triona Guidry
Adoption Reform Coalition Urges: Reject HB 4623
We, the undersigned members of the adoption community, urge legislators to oppose Illinois House Bill 4623. As written, this bill offers some adopted adults the chance to access their original birth certificates, while banning others from accessing theirs.
Illinois adoptees should be treated the same as non-adopted Illinoisans who face no birth certificate access restrictions. We urge legislators to reject the current compromise language of this flawed bill, and to create a new bill that will restore the civil right, rescinded in 1945, of all Illinois adopted adults to access their original birth certificates without bureaucratic restraint or third party interference.
This bill is merely a convoluted extension of the existing mandatory intermediary system. It turns equal access to adoptees' public records into a question of search and reunion, instead of addressing the civil right of all persons to access their original birth certificates.
Our organizations are united in our concern that the amended bill was not the bill that was posted for weeks on the Illinois legislative web site. This amended bill was not available online until March 13, 2008, the day the bill passed through committee, making it impossible to present testimony.
“For The Records: Restoring A Right To Adult Adoptees,” a comprehensive study published by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, examines the issue:
Access to one’s own birth certificate is not a favor to some, but a right for all.
Anita Walker Field
The attached PDF gives background material about the bill to help your reporter in preparing an article. (NOTE: I'm having with the URL to this. I will post it later...Bastardette)
The Hon. Janet Allen
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization
Green Ribbon Campaign for Open Records
Bonnie Pazdan Pierce Spinazze
Co-Founder: Illinois Coalition for Truth in Adoption
Mary L. Fuller
Illinois Born and Adopted
Linh Song, MSW
Day For Adoptee Rights
Sandy White Hawk
First Nations Orphan Association
Melissa Holub, Ph.D.
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Betty Jean Lifton, Ph.D.
Author, Journey of the Adopted Self:
A Quest for Wholeness
The Other Mother:
A Woman's Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption
Finding Me In A Paper Bag
Sandra K. Musser
I Would Have Searched Forever
Host: Speaking of Adoption
Missouri Adult Adoptee Rights Coalition (MAARC)
Oklahomans for Adoption Reform and Honesty
Adoption Network Cleveland
Bay Area Birthmothers
Unlocking the Heart of Adoption
Erik L. Smith
Paralegal, Birthfather advocate, author
Mary Anne Cohen
CUB member since 1976
Peter Christian Mose
Illinois Born and Adopted
Msgr. John W. Sweeley, Th.D.
Adoptee and Adoptive Father
Adoptee Rights Activist
Author of the forthcoming
Rights, Liberties, and Social Justice
Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform