There is a petition at We The People website asking for the Obama Administration to take action regarding adoptees obtaining access to their original birth certificates. You can find this petition by clicking on the following link: Original Birth Certificate petition.
Please consider signing or passing on this petition for others to sign. It requires 100,000 signatures within 30 days in order to receive a response from the Obama Administration. The petition was started on March 31, 2013 and ends on April 30, 2013, so signing and/or passing it on in a timely manner is important.
Adoptees did not ask to be adopted. Birth parents gave up their right to parent. They were never promised their identities would be kept secret. The decision to give up their child to adoption was theirs. The child given up was not consulted. Why does the adult adoptee now have to consult the birth parent to get permission to receive information that should be rightfully theirs? Why are they not afforded the same right and dignity of every other non-adopted adult in this country?
The preface to the petition states the following:
“Adult Adoptees do not have access to their original birth certificates in 43 of our 50 states. They are being denied a right that every other American has – a copy of their original birth certificate. The 14th Amendment is clear that:
â€œNo State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Therefore, the Adoption Community requests, proposes, demands an end to this blatant discrimination as soon as possible. Thousands are suffering under this archaic law.
A Federal Mandate to supersede state laws allowing adopted persons access to their own OBC.”
The original birth certificate conveys human rights. Among them the rights to an identity and a nationality. These rights are recognized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child–a convention the United States has signed.
Should anyone have the power to deny another person those rights? Would you like someone to have that much power over you?