Adoption bill awaits Gov. Christie's signature
The Open Adoption Records bill would allow disclosure of birth records that have remained sealed for decades. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), who has an adopted sister, still has to sign the bill.
For 31 years, Pam Hasegawa, an adoptee, has led the fight for passage of the Open Records Adoption Bill. It took Hasegawa $600 and lot of research to get her birth certificate to answer questions she had about her birth parents. Many adoptees say open access to their birth records would have provided an easier solution.
NJ Right to Life has a coalition of partners against the Open Adoption Bill, including The Catholic Conference, the New Jersey Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Deborah Jacobs, of the ACLU, says, "Our primary concern is that it takes away people's privacy without their permission."