Wednesday (January 12) the Huffington Post published a blog, A Civil Right: Adoptees Have a Right to Access Their Own Birth Certificates by Adam Pertman, director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. In it, Mr. Pertman calls for the restoration of the right of adoptees to their own original birth certificates.
As of this writing, over 850 comments have been posted to Mr. Pertman’s blog. I’ve posted over 50 comments myself, and others have posted more.
“permits” some adopted people to receive theirs obcs while leaving others behind to be stigmatized and blacklisted by their own state governments and denying them full citizen
privilege vis a vis obc access. The EBD and their reformist ilk speak out of both sides of their mouths:
Left: adoptees deserve their own obcs.
Left: No harm can come from obc access.
Left:No legal promise or guarantee of confidentiality//privacy/ anonymity”birthparents” do not exist.
Left: no adult/ parent has the right to deny another adult/offspring their own obc.
Reformists refuse to develop their own arguments and language. They validate the enemy and regurgitate opposition language in their own bad bills/laws (latest examples IL and NJ) that monitor personal relationships and continue to segregate the adopted from the not-adopted. They support government, bureaucracyy and interference in our lives, which not only promotes the myth of the dangerous, angry adoptee, but rejects the idea of the autonomous adoptee and self-ownership and responsibility.
Worst of all, reformists refuse to ask for what they really want, take what they can get, and screw everybody else. See. Mr. Pertman’s “giving women who placed their children for adoption the ability to officially declare if they do not want to be contacted” which in effect in many bills is a disclosure veto no matter what reformists argue to the contrary. So, while reformists claim they really want everybody to have their obc, we’re willing to let a few slide into the government’s backhole. That, folks, guts the entire reformist claim of adoptee rights, exposing their game as nothing more than political farce.
The real adoptee rights movement has its own voice and is led by adopted persons, bastardized by the state. This is OUR fight. We have nothing to do with policy wonks and do-gooders who make money off of adoption, are interested only in their own organization building. have nothing to lose, and get in the way of the real rights restoration.”
Mr. Pertman, I say you cannot have it both ways. Either you are for equal rights or you are not. Arguments against adopted adult citizens having direct access to their original birth record are nothing more than rationalizations in defense of discrimination. Needed now is legislation restoring the rights of all adopted people to direct access to a copy of their original birth record. Nothing more, nothing less! Let us not forget beginning in the 1930’s many states abrogated adopted people’s rights. It is 2011. Now those rights are theirs to reclaim. If you cannot or will not support them fully, please step aside.
Here is Shea Grimm response on HuffPo to a New Jersey deformer claiming “they” can come back and pick up the Left Behinds:
This isn’t about being a purist. It’s about whether you think adoptees are entitled to the due process and equal protection of the law. If you believe that, you simply cannot support a veto bill because the veto provisions themselves violate those rights.