100% Organic Adoption Reform

Why is it I can’t even read a book about gardening without adoption rearing its ugly head? “The Winter Harvest Handbook” by Eliot Coleman is an excellent resource for anyone interested in extending their vegetable harvest through the coldest months. Yes, I have other interests besides ranting about adoption, mostly protecting the environment. For our family part of that means growing as much of our own food as possible. Besides, it’s relaxing to be part of nature, where you aren’t judged on your status in the adoption machine. At the end of the book Coleman speaks about fighting for the truth of organic gardening, techniques that have been known for centuries but have been ridiculed by corporate agriculture. And this is where I stopped wondering about where to plant Paris White Cos Romaine and started getting angry all over again about the fight for adoption records access. The parallels between his fight for organics and ours for equality is uncannily similar.

[W]hat has been accomplished to get organic farming from the early pioneers to where it is today is the story of a groundswell of natural truths flourishing in the face of a passel of corporate/industrial lies… [T]he myth that organic farming could not work was so ingrained, so much like a religious belief, that it was accepted out of hand…

The reason for this still very active attempt to villainize organic farming is that our success scares the hell out of the other side. Just like the fear of Nature that the merchandizers and scientists have worked so hard to create in farmers in order to make purchased chemical products and reductionist science seem indispensable, so has our success with organic farming created in the scientists and merchandizers a terrible fear–a fear of their own redundancy; a fear that all farmers will realize other solutions are possible; a fear that agriculture will learn the truth. Organic farmers have succeeded in producing a bounty of food through the simple means of working in harmony with natural processes, without any help from the scientists and the merchandizers.

I submit the adoption industry is doing the exact same thing regarding records access. We are messing with Nature, conducting a great big uncontrolled experiment on the relationships between human beings just as we are conducting a great big uncontrolled experiment on the very planet we depend upon to survive. In both cases, we’ve got nowhere to go when the experiment fails. We’ve got deformers trying to convince us that industrialized food is “organic” and intermediary-based records access is “a necessary compromise.” And we, too, are capable of bypassing it all with a return to the organic, harmonious balance of equal access. The adoption industry is trying to make it appear that such panaceas are necessary because they’re afraid we’ll figure out the plain, simple, and natural truth: that everyone deserves the right to access their records in an equal manner. That means adoptees with the same access as non-adoptees. It also means parents with the same access as, well, parents. These misbegotten attempts to divide by half for infinity are causing real harm to real people, and it’s unnecessary.

To anyone interested in adoption reform, please don’t grant knee-jerk support to any bill that promises “records access,” and if you can’t get a clean bill passed, wait until next session. A vote against a compromise bill is not a vote for 0% access, it’s a vote for 100% access in the future. If you want to complain about “adoptees dying in the meantime,” what about adoptees dying because they were left behind? Actually the whole dying thing is facetious. We’re all dying, getting the life sucked out of us by endless debates designed to keep us spinning our wheels instead of moving forward.

Don’t let yourself get mired in the mindgames. Equal access is the only equitable option.


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  2. Improper–Of course, how silly of me. Governmentally falsified adoptee birth certificates are just as organic as Cheetos and Sprite. All natural colors and flavors, doncha know! Let’s raise a virtual glass together to unadulterated records, pun intended!