Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58

Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58

By: E. Wayne Carp (author)Hardback

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The passage of Measure 58 in Oregon in 1998 was a milestone in adoption reform. For the first time in U.S. history a grassroots initiative restored the legal right of adopted adults to request and receive their original birth certificates. Within a day after the law went into effect, nearly 2,400 adoptees had applied for these previously sealed records, elevating their right to know over a birth mother's right to privacy. E. Wayne Carp, a nationally respected authority on adoption history, now reveals the efforts of the radical adoptee rights organization Bastard Nation to pass this milestone initiative. He has written an intimate history of a passionately proposed and opposed initiative that has the potential to revolutionize the adoption reform movement nationwide. Carp follows the campaign from its inception through the hard-fought signature drives of proponents Helen Hill and Grimm to the electoral campaign and ensuing court battles. The opposition was formidable: government officials, adoption agencies, news media, the ACLU, religious organizations, and ad-hoc citizen political groups.

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About Author

E. Wayne Carp is professor of history and chair at Pacific Lutheran University. His other books include Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption and Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780700613052
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780700613052
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0700613056

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