Give adoptees back their privacy
To the Editor:
My name is Amy K. Burt. I am one of the founders of a grass roots organization of Indiana adoptees, first families and adoptive families.
We are Indiana Open. Maine just joined the ranks of Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, New Hampshire and Oregon. They have restored the rights of adult adoptees to their original birth certificates. It is time to do the same for Indiana adoptees and their families.
According to the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 90 percent of relinquishing mothers want contact from their children placed through adoption. In states with adoptee access, that percentage is even higher.
In Oregon alone, abortion rates have dropped 18 percent. This is a state that changed their law without any federal law or mandate changes to the abortion laws of this country. During this time frame, adoption rates have also increased.
In New Hampshire, there has been no denial of contact for the last two years.
It is time to give adult adoptees equal treatment under the law. It is time to stop making adoptees responsible for the future reproductive choices of women. It is time to give adult adoptees back their right to privacy, their due process rights and their right to free association.
The only way to do so is by giving them unrestricted access to their original birth certificates
Amy K. Burt