Yes, we know this is not a scientific poll. But it is a no-brainer that adults--who have every other right and obligation of society--should unequivocally have the right to his or her original birth certificate, the official record of an individual. The amended "birth" certificate is a lie. It is not a record of a birth; it is a record of a legal adoption. Yet in all but eight states some restrictions prevent all adopted people from having the right to own this piece of paper--about themselves.
These archaic, punishing, laws violate the rights of a whole class of people yet they continue to stand in state after state, while governors like Chris Christie of New and Andrew Cuomo of New York do nothing. They are pathetic. Their blindness on this issue confounds me. New Jersey at least has a legislature that was able to pass a bill that would give adoptees their birth certificates. However Christie appears set to veto such a bill again any day now.
Gov. Cuomo doesn't have a bill to veto because the legislation in New York has been mired in the miasma that is the state legislature for decades. I first testified in favor of such a bill in 1976--37 years ago! Today, good bills sponsored by Assemb. David Weprin (D-Queens) and Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) appear to have the votes to pass, with numerous co-sponsors and supporters in both the Assembly and the Senate.
Yet a few powerful legislators, such as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) as well as Assemb. Helene Weinstein (D-Brooklyn), Senate Majority Leader Dean Seklos (R-Rockville Center) and Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) have been able to keep the bills tied up in one committee or another and from coming to the floor for a vote. They think they are "protecting" first mothers. They are wrong. They are letting a teeny minority of mothers live with their shame cloaking them like a disease--while discriminating against all adopted individuals. And Gov. Cuomo does not have the will, or the backbone, to do anything. *
Will this survey get the glue out of Albany? Doubtful. But every step forward, every voice heard, every hue and cry against this flagrant violation of rights moves us forward. Somewhere there is an end in sight. May first mothers stop having to go to the grave without ever looking into the face of the child they bore but surrendered to adoption. May adoptees stop having to have a reunion with a grave. And may we all live long enough to see it.--lorraine
While Jane will have a further report from the AAC meeting in a day or two, below is a sampling of some comments left at the site. You could vote without leaving a comment and it appears most of the No voters did not comment.
Yes. I am an adoptee, a father, a husband for more than 40 years, and reunited with my birth mother since 1998. My adoptive parents are deceased. Even today I still cannot access my OBC, something a non-adopted person is allowed without restriction. It is time for NY to join other states which have opened their records. -Brad C., Victor
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