Adopted adults, especially since 9/11, are increasingly denied passports, drivers licenses, pensions, Social Security benefits, professional certifications, and security clearances due to discrepancies on their amended birth certificates, and their inability to produce an original birth certificate to answer the problems. Proposed changes in passport application regulations will make it literally impossible for some adoptees to ever receive a passport without an accessible paper trial to the OBC.
Adoptees without a genuine original birth record could soon be barred from running for public office. Last year, at least 10 states, introduced legislation requiring presidential and vice-presidential candidates to present their original birth certificates to appropriate authorities to prove citizenship eligibility for office. Some of these bills go farther, mandating anyone running for office to prove citizenship through an original birth certificate. It is no stretch to think that someday soon adoptees could be barred from voting due to lack of “legal.”birth certificates.
remove the expansion of the disclosure veto
vacate all disclosure veto language from the current law
unilaterally expire all vetoes currently on file on the effective date HB 2211.
Rights are for all citizens, not favors doled out to some. Washington does not segregate rights by religion, ethnicity, age, or gender. It should not segregate rights by birth, adoptive status, or third party preference.
Bastard Nation: the adoptee rights organization
Even if an affidavit of non-disclosure is filed there’s no way one can know 100% that the person requesting it actually was the one who filed it.
The non-disclosure veto certainly does not prevent adult adoptees from identifying their biological families through public records and data bases available to everyone.
Right. I thought about bringing that up and also search issues, but was concerned that it might “confuse” them. At best. Some of these people get so out of joint that they want to stop public records search. Bill Pierce one stated on alt.adoption, with a straight face we may presume, that phone books should be outlawed.
When I lived in Russia it was technically illegal to possess a CD-Rom of the St. Petersburg phone directory(thought they were for sale most kiosks in the city, because if you wanted somebody to ahave your phone number you’d give it to them.