IDENTITY INFORMATION IS A CIVIL RIGHT
It is a civil right of all citizens to be able to obtain the original government documents
of their birth.
A civil right, by its very nature, cannot be compromised. A civil right belongs equally to
all members of a society.
- The Fourteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution states; “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of its laws.”
- It is unjust for any state or country to single out one group of adult citizens by the passage of laws that serve to conceal the true circumstances of their births. All non-adopted citizens of the United States and Canada may request and receive original birth documents under clear statutory procedure.
- It is unjust to deny a right to a group of citizens based on what they “might” do if they were restored that right.
- It is unjust to violate adult adoptees’ rights to privacy from government interference in their personal lives.
- It is unjust for the government to regulate an adult adoptee’s personal choice to associate with his or her birth family. The government does not regulate the personal choices of any other groups of citizens to freely associate with one another.
- It is unjust for our laws and policies to deprive one group of their rights in order to protect others from possibly having to face the consequences of their past choices.
- It is unjust for a state to uphold a promise made between private citizens, especially when a third party’s rights are taken away by such a promise.
- It is unjust to allow any parents to have a lifetime control over the information contained in their children’s original birth certificate. This information belongs to the person whose history it records – the adoptee. It does NOT belong to that person’s parents.