December 30, 2009

Second-class citizen?

Second-class citizen?
Letters to the Editor
12/30/2009
http://www.times-standard.com/letters/ci_14092609

All I wanted for Christmas was my civil rights back. (That didn't happen.)

California's adopted citizens are discriminated against and denied the simple
human right to look at their own birth certificates -- a right all others take
for granted.

The multibillion-dollar adoption industry perpetrates the myth that mothers who
relinquished their children were promised anonymity. This is a lie.

For the very small minority who do not seek contact, just say no. If that
doesn't work, there are sufficient laws to protect anyone from unwanted contact.
Adoptees and their original families need no special, additional protection from
one another. What they need is equality and a return of their civil rights that
have been denied to them since the 1940s.

California, get on track. Stop discriminating against people for having been
adopted. Let these adults decide who they want in their lives and who they
don't. Family genealogy and interactions between adults -- or not -- are
personal choices, and should not be legal issues.

Amended birth certificates (issued to all adoptees) are falsified "legal"
documents listing the adoptive parents as the biological parents. This is
discrimination against people who, as children, were adopted without their
consent and without legal representation.

I cannot trace my lineage, thanks to the state of California. I don't even know
my ethnicity, thanks to the state of California. I pay my taxes, yet I am
treated like a second-class citizen in the state of California.

Mara Rigge

2 comments:

Amanda said...

I'm too busy being grateful to worry about my rights....

hehehe, just kidding.

Thanks for posting this! I went and left a comment.

Lori said...

Well said...now if only all adopted persons believed that, stood up for it and spoke out.

Then maybe mothers would not spend their lives either afraid they will meet a person that could destroy their lives (usually only in extreme cases of rape, abuse or other non-normal causations) or that the child that they were told was going to a good place was either dead, or would hate them.

Sometimes, we have to let our children make up their own minds, even when they aren't ours.