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Adopted Citizens Denied Access to Their Birth Certificates: A Little-Known Civil Rights issue
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (2011)
  • Mirah Riben
Abstract

American citizens who were adopted are denied the right to access their own original birth certificates (OBC) in most U.S. states, a right available to all other non-adopted citizens. State regulations denying unrestricted access to one’s own birth certificate that apply only to a segment of the population create a lifelong inequality and violate the civil rights of adopted persons. Outdated state regulations that maintain this discrimination need to be repealed.

Keywords
  • adoption,
  • access,
  • birth certificates,
  • equality,
  • discrimination
Publication Date
May, 2011
Citation Information
Mirah Riben. "Adopted Citizens Denied Access to Their Birth Certificates: A Little-Known Civil Rights issue" Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mirah_riben/12/