Far from a copy of an original birth certificate, the document Pennsylvania adoptees actually receive today is so disappointing as to be laughable.
When you fact-check claims of anonymous people who tell adoptees to swallow inequality, the decision is easy. No to HB357. It’s yet another disaster.
I want to do two things in November: 1) celebrate my birthday; and 2) help adoptees who cannot afford DNA test kits. Come celebrate with us.
A broad and diverse group of individuals and prominent state and national organizations have issued a joint statement opposing badly flawed Florida legislation.
Florida’s HB357 creates an inequitable two-class system of OBC access that requires a forty year period to pass after an adoption before most adoptees can obtain original birth certificates upon request.
The new report covers the beginning of Florida adoption law in 1885 and provides a more than 100-year timeline showing how Florida adoptees had unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates until June 30, 1977.
If proposed legislation in Florida does not preserve a clean and unrestricted right to an OBC, then it will strip away rights from those who have already held them for decades.
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.
It is through the emptiness of an answer that we sometimes obtain the truth.