Wednesday, March 24, 2010
They're Coming Out Of The Woodwork
How can we tell a "dirty" bill from a "clean" bill? Ah, children, gather round and let me give you a quick tutorial in Legislative Shuck and Jive;101.
To begin, the objective has been a simple one...open all sealed original birth certificates in order to give adopted people the right to know who they are and where they originated. This also gives mothers the avenue to know how their children fared. We surrendered parental rights and responsibilities, NOT the right to know our children and know about their welfare and that was largely done under duress.
The dirty bill contains contact vetoes, intermediaries, intrusive medical history forms and more loopholes than those in an attorney's wet dreams. Dirty bills treat adult adoptees like eternal children and mothers like fainting, weak sisters, hiding behind a curtain (shades of Blanche Dubois). The list of constitutional rights being stepped on by these specious pieces of proposed legislation is a long one, but the right to free association, and the right to true privacy (not the constructed idea of guaranteed anonymity that was never promised mothers in the first place) come to mind.