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ILLINOIS ACTION ALERT
URGE THE ILLINOIS HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON HB4623
IF PASSED INTO LAW, HB 4623 WOULD…
…..give birth parents 6 months after the bill is passed to file “Denial of Information” forms with the Adoption Registry. Any adoptee whose birth parent files a “Denial of Information” form will NOT receive an original birth certificate. This section includes a 6 month advertising campaign to let birthmothers know their choices.
…..define three different classes of adult adoptees, those born before 1946, those born between January 1, 1946 and January 2009, and all prospective adoptions.
…..give all prospective birth parents 21 years in which to file a Denial of Information Form. Current law requires them to file a denial within 6 months.
…..give birth parents 5 options that range from contact to anonymity to choose from.
…..permit redacting ( or whiting-out) an official document.
…..codify "anonymity" for the first time.
…..make all of the birth parent options go through the Illinois Adoption Registry where the concerns are related to searching rather than to civil rights.
…..allow for the possibility of adoptees receiving copies of birth certificates with birth parent names removed as well as the adoptee's name.
…..grant access veto powers to birth parents who relinquished all legal rights to the adoptee as a child.
PLEASE E-MAIL, WRITE, CALL, or FAX THE MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IMMEDIATELY. TELL THEM THAT HB4623 IS A SERIOUSLY FLAWED BILL WHICH MUST BE VOTED DOWN SO THAT A TRUE ADOPTEE RIGHTS BILL CAN BE WRITTEN AND FILED IN ITS PLACE.
WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE BILL NEEDS 70+ VOTES IN ORDER TO PASS OUT OF THE HOUSE. WE MUST PUT AN END TO IT RIGHT IN THE HOUSE WHERE IT BEGAN!
HB 4623 began back in January as a shell bill purportedly to make changes to the IL CI system. On Monday, March 10th, Rep. Feigenholtz announced her new OBC search bill, HB 4623. On Tuesday, March 12, the shell bill was transformed into the new 77 page OBC search bill. On Wednesday, March 13th, the new bill went straight to the House Adoption Reform Committee, of which Rep. Feigenholtz just happens to be chair. That very same day, the committee voted 8-1 vote to pass the bill. The new 77 page bill was only put up on the IL website hours before the hearing so there was no time for interested parties to testify. No wonder the committee passed the bill; even they didn't have time to read all 77 pages.
This bill has been rejected by many adoption reform coalitions, including Illinois Open.
The 77 page complete text of the bill is here
Illinois Open My Space
Illinois Open web page
Adoption Reform Illinois Resource Page: HB 4623 opposition coalition letter to legislators and media
CUT AND PASTE ILLINOIS HOUSE:
A full list of contact information is at Illinois Open
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This was my letter to the Illinois legislators:
My name is Amy K. Burt. I am writing to you about HB 4623. I am asking you to vote NO on this bill. It does not give all adoptees equal rights. It considers some adoptees better than others.
I am considered competent to fight for my country in the Desert Storm War, deliver mail for my country, take payments from the customers of a major telecommunications company., be a parent, pay my taxes, and vote for my state and federal leaders. Somehow I become incompetent to see my own original birth certificate. Interestingly enough, my tax dollars goes to adoption agencies that fight against me and thousands of other adult adoptees. They want to continue to deny me my under federal law. I am denied my right to privacy because the government is interfering with my life’s decisions. I am also denied my fourth amendment rights. The state of Illinois is holding my original birth certificate in seizure on the presumption of harm. I think if this is the case, then the state needs to explain why they are in the business of adoption.
I am asking you to vote no on this bill. I am asking that the state legislators go back and start simply. Give adoptees access to their own OBCs with a contact preference form. Adoptees did not have choice in their adoptions. Adoptees need to put back on a level playing field as the rest of the adoption triad. Give us back our voices and our rights.
Amy K. Burt