Thursday, April 15, 2010

Adoptees & Free Speech

It's starting again. Deformers who want to pass conditional access legislation love to throw tomatoes at those of us who do not agree with them. When we wipe off the tomatoes and still speak out, they tell us we don't really understand what's going on in their state and therefore, we should zip it.

Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. You don't tell me what to say and I don't tell you. Adoptees do not all belong to one huge fraternity. We have not taken an oath of allegiance to each other. We have never sworn to uphold any "party line." We are individuals who happen to have been adopted.

If I believe that an adoptee rights bill is a bad one, I will speak out. It doesn't matter in which state this is happening. What matters is that my conscience tells me that this is a bad bill and so I will continue to respectfully and publically state my opposition in any public forum of my choosing.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees that we are able to travel freely between states. Our ideas and words must be able to freely cross all state borders as well.


Mary Lynn Fuller said...

You could not have said it better, Anita! They can try to zip our mouths shut but bad adoption laws have taught us to unzip and speak out. Civil rights must be restored to all adopted adults. Nothing less is acceptable.

Von said...

Nothing less is acceptable for anyone anytime so why are adoptees made a special case? Guess it would be so much more powerful if you could all be reading off the same page, that's a useful division for the deformers.

Attila the Mom said...


Anonymous said...

Exactly. Compromising and accepting anything less than 100% equality is reinforcing the belief that bastards are not equal to non-bastards.

I'm sick of compromisers.

Toff Philippo said...

This isn't compromise, though, which would be a position between the status quo and open records. This introduces an entirely novel obstacle between adoptees and their own records. That's worse than capitulation even; they've completely lost their way and introduced something so awful even the NCFA had never dreamt of it. Bill Pierce is probably having an orgasm in his grave.