FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ADOPTEE RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION - EQUAL ACCESS TO BIRTH CERTIFICATES
Adopted persons, their families and friends will be gathering in New
Orleans for the National Conference of State Legislators for a
demonstration on equal rights for adopted persons in the United States.
DATE: July 22, 2008
TIME: 9:00 am
DEMONSTRATION LOCATION: Lafayette Square Park New Orleans. The
demonstration will begin at Lafayette Square Park marching 8 blocks to
the National Conference of State Legislators being held at the Ernest
N. Morial Convention Center ( 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans)
WEB SITE FOR DEMONSTRATION: www.adopteerights. net
In the United States only six states (Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Maine,
New Hampshire and Oregon) allow adopted persons access to their
original birth certificates. We believe that it is discriminatory to
legally withhold personal information and documents from citizens that
all other tax-paying voting citizens are entitled to.
Nowhere on any adoption contract or in any legislation is it written
that an adopted person can not possess their original birth
certificate or why the birth certificate is withheld from the adoptee.
Opposition to adopted persons possessing their original birth
certificates will present legally unsupported claims that a
relinquishing mother has the right to privacy and to be protected from
her daughter or son relinquished to adoption, therefore allowing a
mother a lifetime of privacy and anonymity. This is discrimination.
Relinquishing mothers do not seal their children's original birth
certificates - the original birth certificates are sealed by state
The participants of the demonstration believe that every citizen of
the United States should be treated equally. To do otherwise is
discrimination. We would like all remaining states to introduce
legislation that will allow adopted persons in the United States
access to their original birth certificates.
We encourage your reporters to cover this story and event to help us
bring public awareness to this demonstration in New Orleans.
Media contacts for New Orleans Demonstration
805 500-5317 (pst)
Cell: 805 607-2704
516 593-2753 (est)
Cell: 516 263-1556