An updated list of questions and answers about the Weprin/Montgomery Bill, which was finally passed in the New York Assembly on June 20, 2019
Quick and honest answers to questions you may have about the Weprin/Montgomery Bill, a clean adoptee rights bill in New York that I support.
In order to settle questions and rumors, I’ve laid out some quick answers to what I’ve seen, heard, and been privy to with current New York adoptee rights legislation.
The latest in adoptee rights legislation, with sessions just getting started, in full swing, or even close to adjournment. New York and Florida are the big ones but others hang on to the promise of clean.
If you didn’t think a veto in New York would happen before, think again of what can happen today.
You can tweet, post, yell, pray, or fill out an online form. But it’s now best to call. Tell Gov. Cuomo to veto A53036B.
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.