While I’m on the subject of Utah and father’s rights I wanted to put up a post with a couple of other relevant links.
First off, there’s this story about something like a sting operation designed to examine how Utah adoption agencies operate when dealing with unmarried women considering adoption. The story could be a little more clearly written. It might be important to know that to the extent the story suggests that agencies tell women about Utah law the information the agencies provide seems to be accurate. I understand that many people do not like the law as it is, but that’s actually a different objection. I’m not sure I’d want agencies to provide inaccurate summaries of the law. I guess you could prefer they not say anything at all about the law? Anyway, I think the reporter makes it sound rather sinister that the agency might say that if the adoption is completed in UT then UT law stands, but I think that’s just the law.
Now that’s different from coaching people in how to fill out forms to arrive at a particular end. But there are lots of fine lines here. If a woman asks “what if I take money from him?” I think the agency probably ought to answer the question, even though doing so may seem like a form of counselling to some people.
What’s not at all clear to me is who organized this little effort. It’s clearly not just chance that some pregnant women walked into adoption agencies as though they were from out of state. I don’t see this detail in the article and frankly, I’m surprised. I’d like to know a little more about the source. It appears to me it is the subject of the second article, Wes Hutchins.
Hutchins is the focus of the other article that’s worth a look. Hutchins, who appears to be a father’s rights advocate, was president of the Utah Adoption Council. He asserts that the Adoption Council has not been adequately concerned with the rights of unmarried fathers but he was apparently unable to persuade the organization to adopt this view. Thus, he left to form his own organization.
Is anything changing in Utah? I’m sure I don’t know. But it’s interesting to watch. Both the political perspectives represented here (father’s rights/married couples are better) are generally conservative, which perhaps isn’t surprising given that the state at issue is Utah. Neither is the perspective I’d pick. I suppose it is my chance to think in terms of second best option?