Soapbox: Preserving Adoptee Rights in Oregon

This page used to contain an opinion piece about Measure 58, or the right of Oregon adoptees to have access to their birth certificate. What the author of the piece tried to contest was a Representative who wanted to introduce a law (HB2843) which indicated that the consent of a birth mother was needed to get access to an adoptee’s birth certificate.

The author, an outspoken blogger from south central Washington State, also gives a brief history of the adoption process in Oregon. As it turns out, keeping adoption records private hasn’t always been the practice. That only started in 1957, just seven years short of a century after the first adoption law was passed in Oregon.

By reading the article you can feel the author’s dismay in the earlier revision of the law. After all, how could you not be disappointed in a bill that doesn’t allow people to view their official birth documents? These individuals did not choose the circumstances they were born in, yet they were discriminated for this very reason. Though the author did not cite the basis of the court decision, it can easily be seen that a basic right was taken away from adoptees.

Four decades after this law was passed, Oregon voters started a campaign to repeal this law. The author even listed the extent of measures they went through to achieve their goal. It’s fortunate that they were successful in the end, and got the adoptees of Oregon the equal treatment they deserved. She writes that her short narrative is but a brief explanation of the journey toward that accomplishment, and readers will get the same feeling of dedication she had toward this cause.

This post was just a start to the fight against HB 2843, which the author and the people she works with have won against. On Valentine’s Day 2011, the Judiciary Committee of Oregon decreed that they are not pursuing the bill.