CALL TO ACTION ///
The New York Adoptee Rights Bill (A5036B/S4845B) passed through both legislative houses. The Governor has 30 days to sign.
This is a birth parent rights bill. ADULT adoptees will only be given their OBC with the permission of the very person(s) who relinquished their rights or had them terminated for just cause. A judge’s consent would be required if the birth parent does not respond to notices. This gives rights to the people who previously had none. This bill is both dehumanizing and infantilizing to the adopted. Not to mention, the burden of costs and fees is placed on the adopted ADULTS to petition the courts. In those cases, a judge will determine if this would be ‘detrimental’ to the birth parent with no mention of the adopted ADULT.
Other states will be looking to New York when considering their own Adoptee Rights legislation. New York is considered the benchmark. This sets a terrible precedent.
NEW YORK STATE ADOPTEE EQUALITY
Regressive, repulsive, and discriminatory “Adoptee Rights Bill” A5036B/S4845B passed in the Senate 55-7. EVERYONE needs to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo encouraging him to VETO this legislation. This bill will enshrine the #TannLehmanLegacy.
No cookie cutter email or tweet attached. Contact him and tell YOUR story. #FlipTheScript and let him know how repugnant and discriminatory this bill is.
Please be sure to include questions regarding fiscal liabilities. What will the cost to the state be for widely disseminating information to birth parents? What will the cost to the adoptee be for petitioning the court/DOH?