• lioness

    Evidence shows that most birth mothers want the records unsealed, and many campaign to overturn such laws.

  • PixieCorpse

    Joanne, your comment is brilliant. The ACLU’s stance on open records renders me incoherent with rage, but not you.

    • Arekushieru

      I’ve disagreed with the ACLU’s stance on several subjects. This, now, becomes one of three, the other two being: 1) their stance on bullying and 2) their stance on the rights of people who have been unknowingly infected with HIV/Aids by their knowing partner.

  • Arekushieru

    Also, surrogates, mitochondrial donors, egg and sperm donors, etc certificates should be made and kept unsealed.

  • PriscillaSharp

    I am a mother who lost a child to adoption in 1964 and I firmly believe adult adoptees should be entitled to their original birth certificates. We are very passionate about this issue, as Rep. Benninghoff so poignantly testified. We believe very strongly that this is basically a human rights issue – that adoptees who were born in PA have a right to the true facts documenting their birth, just like every other person who was not adopted; that it is not the place of government or private agencies or individuals to interpose themselves into people’s personal lives and try to control or manipulate, and certainly not to exploit them for extra fees, that they would not dare to do if the person was not adopted. This is an intensely personal matter for adult citizens that should never have been made part of government policy or private domain (adoption agencies and lawyers). It is blatant discrimination and must be made right. We hope the PA Senate will follow the House vote and recognize that this injustice and inequality can be remedied immediately with passage of HB162. We have the history and experiences of other states that have passed similar laws to guide us. Look to OR, AL, ME, NH, RI, IL, TN, and most recently OH. We hope and pray PA will be the next state to step out of the dark ages of state-imposed discrimination and oppression.

  • Amanda

    Thanks so much for writing about this important bill.

    I am sad to hear that there is opposition to this bill, not simply because they oppose, but because of what they say when they oppose. “It’s common sense” and “Any reasonable person can understand…” are not evaluative policy frameworks. Expecting others to agree–particularly in the absence of data to justify a policy position–has a lot to do with privilege. The leaders of these two opposing groups as men occupy highly privileged places in society which further intensifies the problematic nature of their speaking on behalf of women.

    When my children access their birth records, no one will say it is a violation of my reproductive rights because my children are not adopted. Only are adopted people told that we violate our mothers choice and reproductive rights when we seek a document all other citizens are unquestionably granted. We as adoptees are overtly compared to abortion–an argument highly suggestive to our community that we are not fully human. I regret that, in 2014, these messages about adoptees and mothers are ones some still seek to perpetuate.

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