The Importance Of Civil Rights In The United States

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In the United States, civil rights have become a hot topic and protests have erupted all over the country for the right to certain things such as the issues in the LGBT community and police brutality. There is one right that is even more basic than these rights and forbidden to many Americans; the basic right to know to where one comes from. I understand this right from a personal level and know what the lack of this information can mean to some. For those affected by the lack of access to records, it could range from a simple curiosity to a life or death situation. Some states, such as Kansas and Alaska have never sealed adoption records. States such as Ohio and Illinois have gone through a legislative process to unseal the records. Yet, there …show more content…
She founded the Adoption Network of Cleveland and worked tirelessly for twenty-five years till her efforts finally paid off. On December 19, 2013 Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 23 into law and gave the “closed era” adoptees a pathway to their past. However, there were some strings attached to this new law and it would take one year and 3 months before an adoptee could request their records. From March 20, 2014 till March 19, 2015, birth parents were given the opportunity to retract their names from the birth certificate, but were required to provide medical background and non-identifying information. In contrast, they were also able to update their contact information so their adopted child would know how to contact them if they were to request their birth certificate. The new law was set up to encompass the right to privacy of the birth parent, yet still provide an adoptee with the answers they …show more content…
Despite the reason for the adoption, all adoptees records were sealed from their past forever till this law passed. What adoptees have done with the requested birth certificate has done with the information remains unknown for the most part. If searches were completed and the outcome of the search is a personal story and mostly unknown except for the few heard about on the news. Obviously, there are some that turned out to be more of a horror story than a joyous reunion, nevertheless, any outcome is an end to the secrecy that has haunted the

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