You can read two great write-ups of the hearing regarding HB7, the bill written to open adoption records for all adoptees in the state of Ohio as well as make open adoptions legally binding. In Dawn’s post, we see that a representative “rolled his eyes” during an adoptees testimony about the bill being a civil rights issue. I wondered, “What kind of adult, representing any kind of constituent, would roll his eyes during testimony?” Dawn wondered as to the ins and outs of his attorney profession. Minor research lead to the answer.
The guy is an adoption attorney.
He’s up there, rolling his eyes as an adoptee talks about civil rights and informing others that mothers (who relinquish) do want closed adoptions, all the while fearing for his own bank book. He’s basing that fear on the myth that mothers want closed adoptions and without that anonymity they won’t place. Of course, he’s missing the boat because mothers nowadays are mostly (not all, but mostly) seeking open adoptions. (Hence the inclusion of making open adoptions legally binding in the bill.)
When people who help make laws are too concerned about their own well-being and how a bill would change their professional income, how do we expect ethics to ever come to the forefront of adoption? He rolled his eyes as someone discussed civil rights. Rolled his eyes as an adoptee who already has access to her birth certificate talked about the need for others to have the same right. Rolled his eyes as she presented facts about how adoption procedure won’t change, just the rights of adoptees to be the same as other citizens. Rolled his eyes. I can’t get past that. Rolled. His. Eyes!
I don’t know what the outcome of this bill will be. Will people listen to this man who has a vested interest, allbeit based on a myth, in keeping things as they are? Or will they really consider the rights of a group of people who are just wanting to be treated like everyone else?
With people like that in charge, it’s not hard to figure out why reform has been hard to come by. I’m still hopeful that this bill will pass. And that attorney gets eyes rolled back at him when he whines about it.
For more, read these posts.