An open letter to those who will try to justify HB 2056 in PA. I have read that we don't understand because we were not there when they put in a clean bill and that they realized they wouldn't get the whole pie so they decided that they needed to get something for "most adoptees". I have also read that this is a "decent" compromise. Spare me.
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. You don't need to be an "insider" to have a clue as to the legislative process. Putting in a clean bill that asks for "the whole pie" is no great feat, so stop patting yourselves on the back. Anyone can get a sponsor to submit a bill with minimal effort ~ it's how that bill comes out of committee and off the floor that counts. That is where the real work is done & most obviously, that is where this bill was such a failure. Decent? How can anyone call this bill decent? Not only have they screwed PA adoptees but they have taken a tool that many state groups are sucessfully using (the CPF) and turning it into a disclosure veto. That is the biggest slap in the face to those of us who have worked so hard to get clean bills passed. What part of the word "preference" don't they understand? A contact preference is just that...a preference. Now they have interchanged it with "veto" and pretend that they are one and the same! I get so angry when I read such ridiculous, self justifying posts. Look, they sold everyone out so don't try to tell us that "we don't understand" or "our state is different" or "this will help most adoptees" ...... we DO understand & that's why we are all so angry. We understand that you could have withdrawn your bill, we understand that you could have asked to have your bill killed, we understand that you took the easiest way out, we understand that you tried to sell us a crock of baloney with your veto dressed up in CPF clothing and most of all, we understand perfectly well that you sold out adoptees. We understand.
You are, indeed, an honorable bastard.
It's good to see the politics of compromise, that insidiuous corrupt force that has oppressed adoptees everywhere far more than the shameful sealed records system did in the first place, has not invaded Bastard Nation.
"The sword of justice has no scabard"
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