"" WHY should the birth parents' right to hide trump the birth children's right to know who they are, where they came from, and what their medical history is? I cannot reconcile that. It just doesn't compute. ""
No it doesn't 'compute...because you have your closed records facts wrong...way wrong. I lost a newborn to adoption back in 1964. I knew nothing nor heard a single word about 'closed records' at the time that I was being told that I would be selfish if I entertained the notion of raising and loving my own newborn baby. Not I, nor the vast majority of mothers from the Closed Records Era (post WWII) had any control, power or say so about closed records. Much like the non-choice given to us former young unmarried mothers that our babies would be taken for adoption...so it is the same when it came to closed records. It is the NCFA (and adopion agencies, and yes even some adoptive parents) that is perpetually lying about the supposed guarantees/promises of 'privacy and confidentially' to young unmarried mothers who would lose their newly born child to adoption. IT AIN'T TRUE!! Closed Records were Closed to hide..to hide illegitimacy, to hide that the baby was not born to the people who adopted him/her, to hide the location of the child from the mother, to hide the identities of the adoptive parents, to hide the underhanded..coercive measures that were taken to separate the young unmarried mother from her newborn. PLEASE...this myth that 'birth parents' have rights needs to stop. Because it simply is not true. For those handful of 'burfmothers' who have chosen to stay in their 'Closets of Shame'...I say too bad! They are not the majority, but rather a minute population of former unmarried young mothers who have chosen to stay grounded in the 50s, 60s, 70s. Yet these are the same 'handful' that the NCFA keeps trotting out as the main reason to keep Closed Records...Closed. Why? Because it benefits the NCFA and the Adoption Industry, that's why. They could give a good rats *** about 'burfmothers'...they just don't want all the Adoption Industry Dirty Laundry hung out to dry, for all to see!