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Adopted children have right to original birth certificates

Published: Mon, October 28, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Adopted children have right to original birth certificates

Currently a bill in the Ohio Senate (Senate Bill 23) would give people adopted in Ohio between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates. This is a very important piece of legislation that will hopefully be voted on before the end of this session.

In today’s society, it is hard to imagine that government actively prevents certain citizens from accessing basic information about themselves. But by denying Ohioans adopted between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates, our state government denies these people the right to such fundamental information as when, where they were born, and names of their biological parents.

In addition to the basic rights to know one’s own history, there are other public policy reasons in support of this bill. Increasingly medical professionals rely on medical history to diagnose and treat disease. Adoptees that are denied access to their original birth certificates have no access to this critical piece of their personal history.

Senate Bill 23 would rectify this obvious wrong, and deserves to be signed into law. Despite overwhelming support from the Senate Committee of Medicaid, Health and Human Services which moved it out of committee on a vote of 9-9, this bill is still waiting a vote by the full Ohio Senate.

Let us hope the Senate will vote on this before the end of the current session. Give those of us adopted in Ohio during those years access to something that should have never been denied.

Timothy Komara, Poland


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