Today is the start of what I hope is the final push towards a major victory in the fight against adoption corruption in Arkansas. Representative Clint Penzo has filed in the Arkansas House of Representatives HB1488, legislation that I drafted more than a year ago that has been rewritten no fewer than eight times after working with scores of other legislators, family advocates, non-profit and community leaders, lawyers, judges, adoptive parents, biological parents, and adopted children. Representative Penzo and former Representative Williams have done the brunt of the heavy lifting. There are 9 cosponsors on the bill and legislative support for its passage is reported to be broad based.
However, the celebrating cannot start until Governor Hutchinson signs the bill. There is big money in adoption and there are some who stand to lose it in an adoption process subject to more judicial oversight requiring ethical behavior. Where big money stands to be lost, the people who stand to lose the most will inevitably complain the most and spend their ill-earned money to lobby against its passage. As such, it is vital that we continue speaking out in favor of this adoption reform.
This is not a matter of what letter you put behind your name or the color of your party's banner. In this session of the General Assembly, there has been a proposed constitutional amendment banning slavery in the Arkansas Department of Corrections (i.e. forced prisoner labor). There have been bills submitted that would severely curtail if not eliminate the practice of abortion in Arkansas. These bills in large measure are supported by opposite sides of the aisle despite having one thing in common - both are rooted in the value of human life. We cannot under any circumstance claim to value human life when our practice of caring for orphans is rooted in the commercial buying and selling of that life. This. Must. Stop.
So let me encourage you to share this article on social media. Tag your state representatives and senators. Tag the Governor and Lt. Governor. Send emails. Make phone calls. If you are in a community organization, talk about it at your next meeting, or call me and I'll come talk about it. Make it clear that Arkansans want, deserve, and demand that we keep adoption beautiful.
I follow Christ. I have a beautiful wife Megan and three wonderful children, Harrisen, Rebekah, and Carter. I am a candidate for a Ph.D. in ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, have an M.Div. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a JD from the University of Arkansas, am licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts, and live in Rogers, Arkansas. I write a blog and produce a podcast. And I do it all that others may know Christ.