|Lorraine, when smiling|
"Commending legislative sponsors for their courageous leadership and reform work on the issue of adoption records access, Governor Chris Christie today conditionally vetoed S-799 to provide common sense changes that address both privacy and access concerns in the legislation. The revisions suggested by the Governor aim to provide additional safeguards that balance the needs of adoptees seeking the identity of their biological parents with the expectations of birth parents who may wish for their identities to remain private."Christie's veto is a 20-page rewrite of the bills (S799 and 1399), line by line, so while he was going about saying how hard a decision this was, his staff was busily rewriting the bill to put ALL OF THE POWER IN THE HANDS OF BIRTH PARENTS. To say he "conditionally veteoed" the bill is total BS. He outright gutted it and sent the Senate (and of course the Assembly) a whole different bill. Conditional, my ass. Veto. Period.
Basically, he is saying: this is what I will sign. Adoptees ain't in enough pain, gotta save those closeted birth mothers. For now, as long as he is governor, Deborah Jacobs and the ACLU of NJ, Council of Bishops, Catholic Charities, and the evangelical and righteous anti-abortion crowd, all of whom do not know how to read statistics, win. (For those who don't know what I am talking about, see previous post*)
There is talk of a one-day protest at Catholic Charities in New Jersey or in Albany where we aim for as many people as possible to show up. Sometimes I think it's only blood on the steps of the capitals of this country that is going to wake people up to the injustice that is visited upon the adopted. --lorraine
There's other stuff afoot and I will try to post later in the day, but for those who wonder what Christie's veto means, this is the brutal truth. Which we aim for here, not like on the sites for first mothers run by adoption agencies, which are designed to make relinquishing women feel better about their decision...since that is how adoption agencies make money: women give up babies and fees change hands along with the babies....yeah, feeling feisty today. Off to Pilates.
* CHRISTIE Vetoes Adoptee Rights in New Jersey and other legislative news