- Bastard Nation
Bastard Nation is a
North American adoptee rightsorganization. It seeks to establish the right of adoptees to access their own original birth certificates, the sealed records typical of a closed adoption, a common type of adoption in the United States.
The group has been successful in getting several states in the
United Statesto approve legislation to open sealed records, for example in Oregonby Ballot Measure 58, described in the book "Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation & Ballot Initiative 58" by E. Wayne Carp (2004). They have members throughout the United States, Canadaand the world.
The name is a reference to the fact that most adopted children were born illegitimate, hence are literally "bastards". The term "bastard" is employed both for shock value, and in an effort to reclaim the term for common usage (as was done by the organization
Queer Nationwith the word " queer").
* [http://www.bastards.org/ Bastard Nation official website]
Canadian Council of Natural Mothers
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