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Opinion: Giving adoptees and their kids the rights they deserve

Bill Finch
Bill Finch

Bill Finch is a former state senator and currently serves as the mayor of Bridgeport..

I’m a proud father of four kids. So when the doctor asks for our family medical history, why does the government keep that information locked away? I may be the mayor of our state’s largest city, but because of outdated laws, I’m just another adoptee who is treated as a second-class citizen.

I’m one of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Americans who are prohibited by law from possessing their own birth records-the basic information that tells them who they are and where they came from.

More than 65,000 adoptees in Connecticut have been legally barred from accessing their birth records.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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  1. Suzanne

    Very real inherited medical issues exist within my family. A sibling had a child who was adopted who should know what these are. I do not understand why the arbitrary limit to 1983. I am sure there is a good explanation for it. This child would fall into the category of prior to the year approved. While I am not sure how this relative would feel if the adopted child had access to them, I believe the health concerns should outweigh reluctance.

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