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Letter Sent to Mormon-News: 01Jun00

Letter from: Christopher Bigelow

Re: LDS Attorney's Fight Against Adoption Rights Law Ends In Defeat

Dear Editor:

Regarding the item "LDS Attorney's Fight Against Adoption Rights Law Ends In Defeat," I am glad for the defeat. I can't believe anybody would give birth to a child and then pretend it didn't happen.

I am not proud of the LDS culture for making people feel so embarrassed that they can't repent of sin and yet acknowledge the positive fruits: a baby born and placed in a loving home. Unwed mothers who give up their infants to more stable, two-parent homes are heroes.

With two open adoptions of my own, I also know from first-hand experience that it is much healthier for adoptees to know something of their birth parents and have as much of a relationship with them as all parties feel reasonably comfortable with, moderated by professional counselors if helpful.

While we don't want to celebrate extramarital sex, enough with Victorian shame and keeping secrets! The movie _Secrets and Lies_ is a good meditation on this whole subject.

Christopher K. Bigelow
Provo, Utah


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