Help Stop an Ineffective Adoption Bill in PA Today
Here's a letter from the Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights regarding two bills going through PA legislation right now:
As you may have known, there were two bills in the Health and Human
Services Committee that seek to change the portion of adoption law
that governs an Adult Adoptee's access to identifying information.
HB 1968 is the BAD bill (not full Original Birth Certificate access). HB 1978 is the GOOD, equal rights, bill (full access).
Unfortunately, despite all of our outpouring of support for HB 1978,
it is still sitting in the HHS Committee. HB 1968, on the other hand,
has made its way out of committee and is now before the PA House of
Representatives for consideration.
It is of utmost importance that HB 1968 be defeated. HB 1968 not only
does not change the current law much at all; it actually makes it
worse. Worse even yet, should HB 1968 pass, we worry that legislators
(1) will believe that the law is improved when it isn't and (2) won't
want to re-address this issue and portion of law, and will leave HB
1978 to die in committee.
Basically, this other bill, which may appear to legislators to be a compromise that pleases people on both sides of the argument, may make things worse for adoptees. If you can spare a minute, please contact the primary sponsor of the bill, Representative Sonney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support really does make a difference--look at what we were able to do in Illinois with HB 5428! I get my birth certificate November 2011!
You can join the PA Adoptee Rights group or keep up with legislation info at www.adopteerightspa.org.