Should Adoptees Be Allowed to See Their Birth Records?

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November is National Adoption Month, and some adoptees in New Jersey want to see their original birth records.

Problem is, that would be illegal -- some of those records are sealed to protect the identity of the birth parents.

A bill in the New Jersey Senate is pending that would amend those rules somewhat. Birth parents would still have the option of keeping their identity a secret, but adoptees would be able to access family medical histories. Some are opposing any changes to the law, citing privacy concerns for parents who choose to put their children up for adoption.

What do you think? Should adoptees be allowed to see their birth records? Or do the birth parents have a right to privacy?

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