Friday Night, These Folks Wanted to Teach Sarah Palin a Thing Or Two About Adoption
|Linda and Tommy Burns were among Palin's welcoming committee Friday night, which was nothing compared to the crowd she drew in 2008.|
"We're very pro-Sarah Palin, but she doesn't know adoption," said Tommy Burns, who drove four hours with his wife Linda from their home in Red Rock to stand outside the hotel. Of course, the "Palin 4 Life" event was a fundraiser for the Uptown Women's Center, a new pregnancy counseling house in Dallas. But protesters said they were there because of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's mention of a Gladney office in the new house.
The fundraiser, which included a welcome from Mayor Tom Leppert along with Palin's pro-life talk, was closed to the press. We even got chased out of the lobby outside the ballroom -- so the protesters had our undivided attention.
Since the early 1970s, adopted children born in Texas have been given modified birth certificates that don't list their birth mother's name, or where they were born. Linda Burns said that for 15 years, Gladney, the oldest adoption and maternity counseling agency in the country, has been torpedoing efforts to amend the law to give adoptees greater access to information on their past. In 2007, bills passed unanimously in the Texas House and Senate that would have let adoptees look up that information unless their birth mother asked to keep it confidential, but the Legislative session ended before either bill could be sent to the governor's desk.
Burns said she's been an activist since 1995, and worked with celebrity counterparts to gt other states' laws changed as well -- including Daryl from Run D.M.C. in New Jersey, and Karen Vedder in California, who already had a son named Eddie when she put a daughter up for adoption. "I didn't know what Pearl Jam was. I thought it was some kind of jelly."