Adoption Rights Alliance is opposed to the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 in the strongest possible terms, as it is discriminatory, unworkable and abhorrent to the people it is meant to help. During the first week in June we learned that Minister Zappone was introducing Seanad Committee Stage amendments and that she intended to rush the Bill through before the summer 2019 recess.
On 18th June, ARA wrote to all TDs and Senators, explaining why we consider the Government’s Bill and its recent Committee Stage amendments are deeply discriminatory, and setting out our proposals for a different legislative framework. The letter is available here.
We also asked for your help, and as a result, hundreds of adopted people, natural parents, natural family members and allies emailed TDs, Senators and Minister Zappone to express their concerns about the Bill.
On Wednesday 19th June, the Bill was ‘paused’ to allow for further discussion and consultation.
A big thank you from all of us in Adoption Rights Alliance to everyone who emailed TDs and Senators!
We are continuing to work on challenging the Bill as it currently stands and we will publish further information in due course. In the meantime, please phone or call to your local TD clinics, and let them know your views on the Bill.
Thank you once again for all your help!