BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT!
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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO STOP THE HB1830 BABY DUMP OVERRIDE
We have a golden opportunity to dump a baby dump!Recently the Hawai'i legislature overwhelmingly passed HB 1830, a"standard" Safe Haven bill that permits individuals to anonymouslyabandon newborns at various locations with no legal consequences. Governor Linda Lingle vetoed this bill just as she vetoed a similarbill in 2003.As early as July 10th or 11th, the legislature will call a SpecialSession to override Governor Lingle's veto. Proponents of HB 1830 have announced a media blitz to push the override.It is imperative that you Email the members of the Hawaii Legislatureimmediately. Please see Contact information below. Tell themnot to vote for an override of HB 1830.The big bucks trade lobby, the National Council for Adoption and itsfriends, have fed the Hawai'i legislature a line of misrepresentations about the need, use, and "success" of "safe havens." The truth is thatNCFA initiated "safe haven" laws across the country in a death-throeattempt to thwart adoptee identity rights and the restoration of the right of adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates.The American Adoption Congress, Concerned United Birthparents,Origins-USA, Ethica, The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention forCruelty to Children, the Nebraska Children's Home Society, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, Spence-Chapin Services to Family and Children,Holt International, and American Coalition of Fathers and Children areamong national organizations that oppose "safe havens." Hawai'i's Adoption Circle opposes it as well.DOWN WITH SAFE HAVENS!
Hawai'i is the place to start. We have the support of the Governor.It's our job to convince legislators that Governor Lingle's reasonsfor vetoing HB 1830 are right on target. HB 1830:1. removes the rights of fathers and extended family members.2. encourages parents to abandon newborns rather than seek help.3. gives complete anonymity to anyone who abandons and requires noproof of legal custody.4. ignores Hawai'i's cultural traditions of ohana, hanai, andextended family care.5. strips native Hawai'ians of family history, ethnic identity, andrecords, thus denying them eligibility for dedicated governmentbenefits to which they are entitled.HB1830:
CONTACT INFORMATION:One email to each of these addresses will go to the entire legislature:
HOUSE FAX, PHONE AND EMAIL—individual members
SENATE FAX, PHONE, AND EMAIL – individual members