Birth Mothers, Tell Michigan You Want Open Adoption Records!

Please see this action alert from Bastard Nation regarding twin Michigan bills HB 4896 and HB 6287. If you are a birth mother (from Michigan or elsewhere) and believe in open adoption records, I urge you to ask Michigan Senator Mark Jansen (senmjansen@senate.michigan.gov) to reject these bills.

Here is the action alert from Bastard Nation:

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Michigan House Bills 4896 and 6287 are simply taking up space right now in the Senate Committee for Families & Human Services. Senator Mark Jansen, Chair, has not yet set a hearing for these bills.

WE NEED TO GET THESE BILLS PULLED RIGHT NOW. WE DON’T WANT THESE BILLS TO EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY. ASK SENATOR JANSEN TO KILL HB64896 AND HB 6287.

Senator Mark Jansen
Assistant Majority Caucus Chair
Committee for Families & Human Services Chair
senmjansen@senate.michigan.gov

If possible, can you please c/c Senator Dennis Olshove, Assistant Democratic Caucus, Whipsendolshove@senate.michigan.gov and House Representative Lisa Wojno, Sponsor, HBs 4896/6287, lisawojno@house.mi.gov

Here’s why we have to write!

Word is out to all BIRTH MOTHERS in Michigan to write to the Senator in support of the bills. The proponents of the bills say they don’t stand a chance of passing their bills unless birth mothers write and tell Sen. Jansen and the Committee how good the bills are because they contain a disclosure veto. In fact, the bills are now being touted as bills about birth mothers’ rights to privacy.

The supporters of the bills are telling adoptees that it’s okay for them to write to the senator too, but the adoptees must remember that the bills are now about birth parent privacy and not about them.

I know. It’s hard to believe!!! The supporters of the bills hope that the addition of a disclosure veto will be the clincher to getting a “pass” recommendation from the Committee.

Somehow, this strategy is called playing politics. Adoptees will get a restricted bill passed if birthmothers will support the veto. Go figure. Personally, I feel insulted. I feel as if this is an outrage to all the adoptees who are trying to pass good adoptee access bills all around the country.

Adoptee Bastards, even if you wrote once, I ask everyone to write now to Senator Jansen, Chair of the Committee, right now! Let the good Senator know what the only good adoptee assess bill is – unconditional access to obcs for 100% of the adoptees in Michigan. Nothing less than 100% is acceptable!!

Birthmother-Bastards, please let Senator Jansen know how you all feel about a bill that is restricting adoptee’s obc access under the guise of birth parent privacy. You all weren’t promised privacy and you don’t want it now. Let the Senator know that you only support a bill which gives all adoptees equal access to their obcs.

REMEMBER, HB 4896 AND HB 6287 WILL NOT GIVE OBC ACCESS TO ALL ADOPTED ADULTS.

Thanks, everyone.
Anita

Anita Walker Field
Bastard Nation

Action Alert: Say No To Michigan HB 4896 and HB 6287

Both AmyAdoptee and GrannyAnnie have posted about the passage of conjoined Michigan bills HB 4896 and HB 6287. GA reports the Michigan House of Reps has passed the bills. We now must focus on the state Senate and encourage them to oppose this legislation in favor of true adoption records access.

I am against these bills for the same reason I oppose Illinois HB 4623. Some people say access for some is better than access for none, and that those who are bypassed will get another chance. Except that once a bill is passed, it’s almost impossible to get the legislators to revisit the issue. They think it’s done and dusted, which means the have-nots will never have. Would you really accept your adoption information knowing that the same law prevents some of your adoptee brethren from accessing theirs? I know I wouldn’t (although for me it’s a moot point; thanks to my birth mother’s denial, I’m a have-not).

AmyAdoptee also makes the excellent point (that I myself sometimes gloss over), which is that these bills do nothing for granting birth relatives access to the same information.

Michigan’s bills are particularly odious because they have renamed a disclosure veto a “contact preference form.” The difference is profound. A disclosure veto gives the birth mother the ability to lock the adoptee out of his/her informaton. A preference form is just that, stating preference on contact. I believe the rights of the birth mother to privacy should not trump the rights of an adoptee to access his/her original birth certificate. What is it about adoptees that makes people assume our desire for equal rights makes us crazy-psycho-stalkers who will pounce on the first opportunity to destroy our birth relatives’ lives (or vice versa)?

So if you’re sick of being treated lower than ass tattoos and bulldog puppies, write Michigan legislators and urge them to vote NO on HB 4896 and HB 6287.

Contact Michigan Legislators:

Cut and Paste email addresses:

senjallen@senate.michigan.gov, senatoranderson@senate.michigan.gov, senjbarcia@senate.michigan.gov , senrbasham@senate.michigan.gov, senpbirkholz@senate.michigan.gov, senmbishop@senate.michigan.gov, sendcherry@senate.mi.gov, coleman@senate.michigan.gov, senhclarke@senate.michigan.gov, senacropsey@senate.michigan.gov, senvgarcia@senate.michigan.gov, sentgeorge@senate.michigan.gov, senjgilbert@senate.michigan.gov, senjgleason@senate.michigan.gov , sentahunter@senate.michigan.gov, sengjacobs@senate.michigan.gov, senmjansen@senate.michigan.gov, senrjelinek@senate.michigan.gov, senrkahn@senate.michigan.gov, senwkuipers@senate.michigan.gov, senmmcmanus@senate.michigan.gov, sendolshove@senate.michigan.gov, senjpappageorge@senate.michigan.gov, senbpatterson@senate.michigan.gov, senmprusi@senate.michigan.gov, senrichardville@senate.michigan.gov, senasanborn@senate.michigan.gov, senmschauer@senate.michigan.gov, senmscott@senate.michigan.gov, ofctstamas@senate.michigan.gov , senmswitalski@senate.michigan.gov, senbthomas@senate.michigan.gov, sengvanwoerkom@senate.michigan.gov, sengwhitmer@senate.michigan.gov

Snail mail and phone contact:

The Honorable Jason Allen
State Senator
Farnum Building, Room 820
PO Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

MICHIGAN STATE SENATE

Senator Jason Allen
Majority Caucus Whip
Office: Room 820, Farnum Bldg.
866.525.5637
senjallen@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Glenn Anderson
Assistant Democratic Floor Leader
Office: Room 610, Farnum Bldg.
866.262.7306
senatoranderson@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Jim Barcia
Office: Room 1010, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2131
senjbarcia@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Raymond Basham
Democratic Caucus Whip
Office: Room 715, Farnum Bldg.
NO toll free number.
517.373.7800
senrbasham@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Patricia Birkholz
Office: Room 805, Farnum Bldg.
888.28.PATTY
senpbirkholz@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Michael Bishop
Majority Leader
Office: Room S-106, Capitol Bldg.
877.9BISHOP
senmbishop@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Liz Brater
Office: Room 510, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.0318
senlbrater@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Cameron Brown
Assistant Majority Floor Leader
Office: Room 405, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.0316
sencbrown@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Nancy Cassis
Majority Caucus Chair
Office: Room 905, Farnum Bldg.
888.38.NANCY
senncassis@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Deborah Cherry
Office: Room 910, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2126
sendcherry@senate.mi.gov

Senator Irma Clark-Coleman
Office: Room 310, Farnum Bldg.
866.747.7803
coleman@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Hansen Clarke
Office: Room 710, Farnum Bldg.
877.252.7537
senhclarke@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Alan Cropsey
Majority Floor Leader
Office: Room S-8, Capitol Bldg.
866.305.2133
senacropsey@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Valde Garcia
Office: Room S-132, Capitol Bldg.
1.800.516.0026
senvgarcia@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Tom George
Office: Room 320, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2120
sentgeorge@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Jud Gilbert
Office: Room 705, Farnum Bldg.
877.445.2378
senjgilbert@senate.michigan.gov

Senator John Gleason
Assiatant Democratic Caucus Chair
Office: Room 315, Farnum Bldg.
866.268.2914
senjgleason@senate.michigan.gov
Senator Bill Hardiman
Room 305, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2129
email & website are the same:
www.senate.mi.gov/hardiman

Senator Tupac Hunter
Assistant Democratic Leader
Office: Room 915, Farnum Bldg.
866.262.7305
sentahunter@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Gilda Jacobs
Democratic Caucus Chair
Office: Room 1015, Farnum Bldg.
888.937.4453
sengjacobs@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Mark Jansen
Assistant Majority Caucus Chair
Office: Room 520, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2128
senmjansen@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Ron Jelinek
Office: Room S-324, Capitol Bldg.
866.305.2121
senrjelinek@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Roger Kahn
Assistant Majority Whip
Office: Room 420, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2132
senrkahn@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Wayne Kuipers
Office: Room 1005, Farnum Bldg.
877.KUIPERS
senwkuipers@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Michelle McManus
Assistant Majority Leader
Office: Room S-2, Capitol Bldg.
866.305.2135
senmmcmanus@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Dennis Olshove
Assistant Democratic Caucus Whip
Office: Room 920, Farnum Bldg.
NO toll free number. 517.373.8360
sendolshove@senate.michigan.gov

Senator John Pappageorge
Office: Room 1020, Farnum Bldg.
877.SEN.13TH
senjpappageorge@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Bruce Patterson
Office: Room 505, Farnum Bldg.
866.262.7307
senbpatterson@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Michael Prusi
Office: Room 515, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2038
senmprusi@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Randy Richardville
President Pro Tempore
Office: Room 205, Farnum Bldg.
866.556.7917
senrichardville@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Alan Sanborn
Assistant President pro Tempore
Office: Room S-310, Capitol Bldg.
888.353.ALAN
senasanborn@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Mark Schauer
Democratic Leader
Office: Room S-105, Capitol Bldg.
888.962.6275
senmschauer@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Martha Scott
Office: Room 220, Farnum Bldg.
800.SCOTT.78
senmscott@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Tony Stamas
Office: Room 720, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2136
ofctstamas@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Michael Switalski
Office: Room 410, Farnum Bldg.
866.303.0110
senmswitalski@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Buzz Thomas
Democratic Floor Leader
Office: Room S-9, Capitol Bldg.
866.348.6304
senbthomas@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Gerald Van Woerkom
Office: Room 605, Farnum Bldg.
866.305.2134
sengvanwoerkom@senate.michigan.gov

Senator Gretchen Whitmer
Office: Room 415, Farnum Bldg.
NO toll free number. 517.373.1734
sengwhitmer@senate.michigan.gov

Opening Records Is Cheaper – Good Laws Go Bad In Michigan

In another example of good legislation gone bad, Michigan has gutted a nice law in favor of a distorted replacement.

As reported by Granny Annie and Bastardette, the original Michigan HB 4896 was a simple open records bill that restored unrestricted original birth certificate access to adoptees, while allowing birth parents to file a non-binding disclosure preference. But along came the distorters, and whap! bang! now MI HB 4896 is dependent upon the newly-created HB 6287. And no surprise, HB 6287 is the one with all the gotchas.

It looks an awful lot like the sort of table scraps offered to us here in Illinois by HB 4623. Registries, intermediaries, hoops to jump through and red tape to entangle. Bills like these are an insult to our intelligence. Forget about those who say we need to take “small steps” – once these compromises are in place, it’s that much harder to enact true open records legislation.

What could be simpler than a plain, ordinary open records bill? Here’s what it looks like, courtesy of Oregon:

All adopted adults, upon reaching the age of majority and upon written request, shall be able to request and receive a copy of their original birth certificate without any restrictions or falsifications on the certificate, in a manner identical to that of all other non-adopted citizens of the state.

That’s it. No compromises, no complicated wording. There is NO reason other states cannot adopt (hah!) this exact same legislation.

It’s also cheaper. Granting adult adoptees their original birth certificates uses the same existing mechanism that grants other people theirs. It’s convoluted “solutions” like registries and intermediaries that cost money. Here in Illinois, our budget crisis is out of control. What better place to save than cutting the pork called post-adoption services? Let’s be honest, they might be 501(c)(3)s, but we all know they’re not charities.