Representative DOHERTY; Representative DEMBROW (at the request of Janette Barcenas, Ashley Peterson-Munoz, Leticia Munoz, Kiley Steward, Tamera Slack, Oregon Birth Mothers)
~Feel free to write Reps Doherty and Dembrow to inform them of your opposition.~
Oregon Birth Mothers
As birth mothers in Oregon, this struck as as particularly interesting when we first read the bill. So we searched for a group or organization that is called 'Oregon Birth Mothers'. We wanted to get in touch with them, to connect over our common bond, to learn more about their experiences, and to learn more about the creation of this bill. We looked for support groups, an adoption resource group, an unaffiliated group, any sort of structured organization that is called by or referred to as 'Oregon Birth Mothers'. We couldn't find any information about any such group. We consulted with Adoption Attorneys and the Oregon coalition for adoption to see if they knew of such a group, they haven't heard of any such organized infrastructure by this name either.
Come to find out it's because...There Isn't One.
There is no formal or associated 'Oregon Birth Mothers'.
This can only mean one thing- that a select few birth mothers who happen to currently reside in Oregon (or who placed for adoption when living in Oregon) decided that their singular voices together as a small group somehow represent ALL birthmothers in Oregon.
They are wrong! We do not agree with this bill. We are a small group of about 20 birthmothers; most of us placed our children for adoption here in Oregon, a few of us have moved here since. Our voice is being misrepresented by others claiming that they know our thoughts, feelings and experiences surrounding our adoptions. Our voice is being taken from us by insinuating that all 'Oregon Birth Mothers' are for this bill.
If you are a birth mother in Oregon or a birth mother who placed in Oregon, make your voice heard! Do not let others speak for you! Contact the legislators and let them know who you are and how you feel about the bill! Future birthmothers need us to help protect their right to choose an adoption, if that is their desire for their child(ren). We need to protect our own right to freedom of speech, and speak for ourselves!