Please help Pennsylvania adoptees fight for their rights. Remember: HB 1968 is the BAD bill. HB 1978 is the GOOD bill, the one we want to move forward. Even if you don't have a Pennsylvania connection, what happens in one state affects others.
Below are two messages from the folks at PAR, Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights. The most recent is first and is a call to action for today, Monday, August 9th.
Dear Advocates,As you may have read in our previous email, HB 1968 stands to makeadoption law in Pennsylvania even worse, as well as threatens theability of HB 1978 (the good bill) to move forward.We cannot let this happen.Monday, August 9th, is Contact Representative Sonney Day.Representative Sonney is the Primary Sponsor of this bill. Send himyour letters, emails, phone calls and faxes on Monday and tell him towithdraw this bill!Hearing all of our voices at once cannot go ignored.Hon. Curtis G. Sonney149B East WingPO Box 202004Harrisburg, PA 17120-2004Phone: (717) 783-9087Fax: (717) 787-2005For more help discussing the issues with Rep. Sonney, here are someresources:Our education page:PAR's Position Statement on HB 1968:PAR's call-to-action on HB 1978:A Guide Letter for drafting letters and emails:If you decide to call, it is likely that one of his staff members willanswer. Tell them you would like to make a position on a bill. Theywill ask you the bill number and then ask your position. They may askyou to give a short reason as to why you oppose the bill. Should theyask you a question you can't answer, refer them to our website or givethem our email: email@example.comThank you!PAR Board
Dear Advocates,As you may have known, there were two bills in the Health and HumanServices Committee that seek to change the portion of adoption lawthat governs an Adult Adoptee's access to identifying information.HB 1968 is the BAD bill. HB 1978 is the GOOD, equal rights, bill.Unfortunately, despite all of our outpouring of support for HB 1978,it is still sitting in the HHS Committee. HB 1968, on the other hand,has made its way out of committee and is now before the PA House ofRepresentatives for consideration.It is of utmost importance that HB 1968 be defeated. HB 1968 not onlydoes not change the current law much at all; it actually makes itworse. Worse even yet, should HB 1968 pass, we worry that legislators(1) will believe that the law is improved when it isn't and (2) won'twant to re-address this issue and portion of law, and will leave HB1978 to die in committee.We cannot let the law get worse with HB 1968. We cannot let HB 1978die.We have created a call-to-action made available at this link:In the call-to-action you will find:(1) the text to the bill(2) bill sponsors to contact(3) a guide letter to assist those who are new to contactinglegislators in drafting letters and emails.(4) ways to help PAR and defeat HB 1968(5) our Position Statement of Opposition to HB 1968 to give you anoverview on the bill and why we oppose it.(6) information on how to find and contact your representativeIf you need help with any of these things. Please do not hesitate tocontact us firstname.lastname@example.org If the above link to the call-to-action does not work when you copy and paste it into your browswer,please visit our website www.adopteerightspa.org.Thank youPAR Board