NJ approves birth records bill: grants more rights to children

NJ is a step closer to allowing adult adopted kids to have access to their own birth and health records.

Currently, parental rights extend so far as to deny children of any medical or birth information unless specifically granted by biological parents. Most parents who opt for closed adoptions also opt to keep these types of documents (like birth certificates) closed as well.

Sure, birth parents have a right to anonymity (where that right comes from, I don’t know), but do they really have a right to withhold that type of documentation from their kids?

Like Sen. Joseph Vitale (D) says, “Children didn’t give up those rights when they were born, nor should we expect them to.”


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