June 3, 2011
A controversial bill that would allow adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates is just a signature away from becoming law in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie has until June 23 to decide whether to sign the bill into law. If he does, New Jersey would become just the seventh state to provide birth certificates to adoptees upon request. The New Jersey bill would give future adoptees access to their original birth certificate with the names of their birth parents once they turn 18. Parents who previously gave up children would have one year after the law went into effect to opt out and have their names redacted from the certificate. Those against the legislation include legal groups, who say it violates privacy concerns and anti-abortion advocates who fear it would encourage women to choose abortion instead of adoption. On the other hand, advocates for the legislation cite the benefits the adoptee will gain by knowing his or her full medical, cultural and social history. Needless to say, there are strong opinions on both sides of the fence and both sides are eager to learn whether or not Governor Christie will sign the bill into law.