- Feb 28, 2016
So, those people had a choice to unseal their records if they wanted too.That isn't an easy solution. You're assuming that the natural mothers all wanted the records to be sealed, but that is not the case. For most of the last century, there was no other choice but sealed records for adoption. Many women signed the papers because they had no way to care for their child, but they nevertheless felt terrible about having the child taken away. Also, many women and girls were forced, tricked or heavily pressured into adoptons they didn't want. Some are still being pressured into adoptions they don't want even today.
Every person has the right to know the facts of their birth. If the natural parents want nothing to do with the child, then fine. But that child has the right to know his or her origins.
There are plenty of birth parents who did not want to be known. At the time of the adoption that was their right.
Your opinion is every person as a "right" to know their origins but that is based on your feelings.
Fact is that every person who wanted to remain unknown did actually have the right of privacy, since it was a legal document that they signed.
I have no problem with a new law in place for any adoption carried out going forward.
Like I said previously in this thread- I have a real problem with government ripping (actual legal) rights away from people who have not broken any laws. That is something every citizen should have an issue with, someday you may be the one they are doing it too. I bet you won't be so supportive then.