BY PETER W. FRANKLIN
If Gov. Christie is a true conservative, the adoption community will be set free and S799-1399, the Adoptees’ Birthright bill, will finally become law.
The proposed law stays true to the intent of the 1940 law that sealed records, in that it provides protection for adoptive families, but removes the unintended consequences. The bill recognizes the rights of adoptees that are protected by our constitution.
The First Amendment protects adoptees’ rights to assembly or associate with their biological families, and the Fourteenth Amendment protects adoptees from any state that would attempt to infringe on their rights to life, liberty, or property, by denying them access to their own birth certificates.
The constitution aside, adoption reunion stories bolster the fact that the adoption community is pro-family, a conservative ideal. If the NJ-ACLU followed its mission statement and thus the constitution it would be supporting adoption reform but for some inexplicable reason it feels the newborn adoptee, similar to the unborn, has less rights than every other citizen.
Those opposed to reform have volunteered elaborate ideas that perpetuate a “Nanny” state in which adoptees are not allowed to act on their own accord but rather must rely on government intervention. This idea of government overreach and placing people in groups flies in the face of conservative principles of limited government and individualism.
Many liberals fear that Christie will be bullied by adoption brokers into making a rash decision, but conservatives have faith that he will exercise due diligence, listen to those touched by adoption, and do the “right” thing.
The author is the founder of Adopteeswithoutliberty.com and advocacy group for the rights of adoptees