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There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious–makes you so sick at heart–that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all….
Mario Savio, Sproul Hall steps, Deccember 2, 1964 Continue Reading →

Indiana SB 352: The Non-Access Bill by Guest Blogger Lisa Zatonsky

On the surface, the bill used the State Registry as an intermediary while allowing the biological parent(s) to add an additional disclosure veto on all information found in the Registry and on pre-adoptive sibling contact information. The disclosure vetoes would remain effective even after the biological parents were deceased. As if the mutual consent aspect of the Registry requiring both the biological parent(s) and the adoptee to be registered before information may be released isn’t a big enough access hurdle? Repeatedly, SB 352 names the disclosure vetoes as a “non-release of contact information form”. A Contact Preference Form, along with its exact wording, is not in the bill. Yet, the terms and their names were interchanged by those presenting the bill to individuals, media, and legislators. Continue Reading →

INDIANA: EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT: Urge Indiana State Senate to Vote No on SB 352 as written

Indiana has a very bad bill in the hopper and ready for vote in the Senate. Orignally a clean bill it has been deformed into an anti-adoptee piece of legislation that not only includes a Disclosure Veto, but a warped and inaccurately named Contact Veto that allows birthparents to authorize the state to withhold contact information from pre-adoptive sibings even if they are registered with the state’s adoption reunion registry. Indiana Open Access has offered an amendment to remove ant-adoptee language. Continue Reading →

Ohio: Sub SB250 passes; Ohio Right to Life tramps on first parent and adoptee rights

t’s been said that Sub SB 250 has its genesis in Mike Gonidakis’ hassle in adopting a child domestically, He has said it was easier to adopt his daughter in Guatemala than his son in Cleveland. If true, Gonidakis inconvenience zone trumps the rights of biological families to stay intact….t’s been said that Sub SB 250 has its genesis in Mike Gonidakis’ hassle in adopting a child domestically, He has said it was easier to adopt his daughter in Guatemala than his son in Cleveland. If true, Gonidakis inconvenience zone trumps the rights of biological families to stay intact. Continue Reading →

Ohio will lose millions in revenue if Sub HB250 passes; tax credits will subsidize private adoption corrorations

I’m no mathematician, Thankfully, The Ohio Department of Taxation has done my work for me. According information from the department found in SuB SB 250’s fiscal note, we learn that Ohio taxpayers can be soaked (depending on how the credit is spread out) between $6-9 million a year–and possibly up to $11.5 million. To top it off, money from other state projects–including public library funding– would need to be reduced to cover the revenue loss.The department expects these costs to increase annually.

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Ohio: Rep Buchy appears to be unaware of…Or, everything that’s wrong with ORTL’s “adoption reform” scam

Here’s a couple relevant parts of Buchy’s legislative baby roundup with my quick comments below them.

Ohio law affords the father of any newborn child the opportunity to come forward and protest the adoption in the case that he wants to retain custody of his child. Under the current structure, adoptive parents can go through the entire adoption process before the clock runs out on the biological father’s decision to retain custody of the child, preventing the adoption to go through…

….Research has indicated that children who grow up in a two-parent household are much more likely to become productive members of society rather than a drain on social systems. And second, as an ardent supporter of the pro-life movement, the more adoptive parents that we can encourage with incentives, the more mothers with unwanted pregnancies we can help carry their babies to full-term, knowing that there is a loving home waiting for their children.

Since he asked for it, I’m personalizing my comments here to Rep Buchy, but they are dedicated to every state representative and senator who support this nonsense and clearly know nothing about adoption, its procedures and consequences, except what is fed to them by their anti-abort masters, adoption industry,and the national Adoption Awareness Month. No flip the script for them!!

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“Where’s the crime?” Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schflafly endorsed baby selling

So, a butterfly could have knocked me over when a friend recently forwarded me a truly astounding Schlflay document: a copy of Mrs Schlflay’s February 17, 1977 CBS radio Spectrum commentary where the country’s Queen Bee of Family Values advocated baby selling be decriminalized or at least ignored by the law. She endorsed–actually pleaded–for an open blackmarket in babies. “What’s the harm in it?” she asked, adding that if she had not been blessed with her own six children she would have paid thousands to purchase one! Baby blackmarketing, she declared, is a “victimless crime.” Continue Reading →

OHIO HB 307: Streamlining or screwing? Ohio Right to Life continues its war against first parents and adoptees

In his short intro to the bill, Buchy informed the oddly titled the Civil Justice Committee that passage of HB307 would, through its new restrictions and increased tax credit would encourage adoption and “guarantee” that every newborn relinquished for adoption would be adopted! Nobody blinked! I waited anxiously for Rep. Buchy to introduce figures–and pictures–of adoption agency cradles overflowing with newborns fast-tracked to orphanages, but he let me down. Please tell me, Jim I silently pleaded, how many newborns haven’t been scooped up in Ohio in the last 60 years Continue Reading →

The Bastard Moment and the Bastard Nation Moment

Damsel Plum: I would like to propose a new term: the “Bastard Nation moment”. The Bastard Nation moment is an episode in an adoptee’s life which makes you proud to be a Bastard. It’s when you realize that you are not alone, that there are many millions of people in this nation and around the world who do not consider being adopted shameful and who do agree that adult adoptees should have the same civil rights as the rest of the non-criminal adult population. Continue Reading →