Adult adoptees say birth certificates holding key information on medical histories

Adult adoptees say birth certificates holding key information on medical histories


RECOVER.AN ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE CAN REVEAL SO MUCH ABOUT THE PERSON IT BELONGS TO. ONE TRAIT IS GENETIC HISTORY THAT’S LINKED TO LIFE-SAVING MEDICAL INFORMATION.IN TEXAS, ADULT ADOPTEES CAN’T GET ACCESS TO THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, BECAUSE CURRENT LAWS BLOCK THEM.BUT ONE BILL MAY CHANGE THAT.KXAN’S GIGI BARNETT IS LIVE AT THE STATE CAPITOL WITH THE DETAILS.ADULT ADOPTEES IN TEXAS SAY THEY ARE LIVING WITHOUT THE TYPE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THEMSELVES THAT MANY PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED.THEY’RE ASKING LAWMAKERS TO OPEN THE DOOR FOR THEM TO ACCESS THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES.RIGHT NOW IN TEXAS ONLY A JUDGE CAN GIVE AN ADOPTEE ACCESS TO THAT DOCUMENT, WHICH INCLUDES BIRTH PARENTS NAMES, WHERE THEY WERE BORN AND ORIGINAL LAST NAMES. AT LEAST 10 SENATORS HAVE SIGNED ON TO THIS BILL THAT WOULD GIVE ADOPTEES, WHO ARE 18 AND OLDER, THE RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE. SIMILAR BILLS HAVE FAILED IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE SINCE 2013.BUT ADOPTEE RIGHTS GROUPS ARE PLEADING WITH LAWMAKERS TO PASS IT THIS TIME. THEY SAY HAVING IT IS CRITICAL, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR HEALTH.SOME LAWMAKERS DIDN’T SUPPORT THIS BILL IN THE PAST BECAUSE THEYR FEARED IT WOULD TRAMPLE ON THE PRIVACY OF BIRTH PARENTS.BUT, ADOPTEES SAY IN STATES WITH CLOSED RECORDS PEOPLE ARE TAKING THE INFORMATION SEARCH INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.”WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BIRTH PARENT PRIVACY, THERE’S LESS PRIVACY WITH CLOSE RECORDS. BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO GO ON FACEBOOK AND HOLD UP A SIGN AND SAY THIS IS MY INFORMATION.”//”SO, THE BIRTH PARENT IS OUTED IN A VERY PUBLIC WAY. INSTEAD OF ME GOING TO VITAL STATISTICS, WALKING UP, GETTING A COPY OF MY ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND CALLING. SO FAR, 20 OTHER STATES OFFER ADULT ADOPTEES PARTIAL OR FULL ACCESS TO THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES, INCLUDING NEW JERSEY, ALABAMA AND COLORADO. TEXAS WOULD BE THE 21ST STATE IF THE BILL IS PASSED AND THIS BILL WILL IMPACT MORE THAN 500-THOUSAND ADOPTEES IN THE STATE.BUT ADOPTEES SAY NO ACCESS TO THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES IS A VIOLATION OF

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