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May 1, 2013
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Letter: Adoptees' rights are important, too

Adoptee rights important, too

We are currently living in a time of social and political change. Civil rights activists have taken over Washington. People from all walks of life are rallying for what they consider to be their right as humans and as Americans. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendger groups, gun owners, and marijuana smokers, for example, have attracted quite the media sensation.

But while these groups have taken over our newspapers and our televisions, one major equally important group continues to receive the silent treatment: adoptees. Despite becoming adoptees by the choices of others and not of their own accord, adoptees are provided with falsified “amended” birth certificates that falsely claim the adoptive parents to be their biological parents. In most states, adoptees are denied access to the original unaltered birth certificate, even after the adoptees turn 18.

Thousands continue to fight for adoptees’ rights, including access to their own unaltered birth certificates, but the media turns a blind eye to their struggle and favors more sensational stories. The struggle for adoptee rights is every bit as important as the struggles for LGBT, race, or other rights. It’s time for the media to give adoptees the ear they have given others.

Jessika Fialho


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The News-Review Updated Jun 10, 2013 11:35AM Published May 1, 2013 05:52PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.