I preface this by saying, “My God, New York legislators, did you not even think to determine the financial impact of this terrible bill?”
With questions about New York’s not-an-OBC access bill, I thought I’d set out what the bill actually does—or actually fails to do for adoptee rights.
Not only does New York purport to seal adoption records and OBCs forever, but it also relies upon an archaic, punitive, and expensive court process to access anything remotely identifying.
New York law denies adult adoptees access to their own original birth certificates, except by court order. Based on how judges have handled adoptee requests to unseal records in the past, New York may be one of the most restrictive states in the U.S. on the issue of access to an original birth certificate.