Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Petition to Declare July 28 National Adoptee Equal Rights Day (and Why You Should Care)

There's a new petition (sign here) to name an official day for adoptee equal rights:
"WHEREAS: It is only since the 1940s that outdated, archaic, draconian regulations have been enacted, unjustly sealing and denying equal access by adopted persons to their own original birth certificates, 

WHEREAS: This denial of equal civil and human rights was set in motion by regulations that were opposed from the onset by the Child Welfare League of America and were based on no-longer relevant social stigmas on infertility and illegitimate birth status,

WHEREAS: Alaska and Kansas which never enacted these restrictive, discriminatory regulations has experienced no negative consequences to any citizen nor any increase in abortions or decrease in adoptions, 

WHEREAS: There is absolutely no evidence to indicate that mothers or fathers relinquishing children for adoption voluntarily or involuntarily were ever given any promise of anonymity from their children, and most are eager to know of the well
being of their adopted-out offspring,"

I'm always advocating for birth certificate access on this blog, emphasizing that it's a civil right, that adoptees aren't asking for anything more than what the average citizen has. But I came across a new, startling reason for why this issue is so pertinent: According to this  article based on National Genealogical Society infoin four generations, half of all Americans' ancestry will be bogus. 

Half of all Americans. As of April 11, 2011, the U.S. population tops 311 million. (Census Bureau) Half of that is 155,500,000.

The "half" calculation is based on info from the 1990s estimating that ~2% of Americans are adopted, and today that estimate is much higher. 

The reason why this genealogical mystery affects so many more people than the adopted ones is because, of course, any children those adopted people have will also have holes in their ancestry, and any kids those kids have. The problem is akin to compounding interest--like any coverup lie, it snowballs into a much bigger problem than the one it was meant to hide.

Let's get it together, folks.

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