February 26, 2010

Adoptee Rights Demonstration

Adoptee Rights Demonstration

11am July 25, 2010
Louisville, KY

All Americans, adopted or not, have a right to access government records about their own lives. That’s why we are organizing an Adoptee Rights Demonstration, a rally and protest in Louisville, KY, at 11 AM on July 25, 2010. This rally will coincide with the opening day of the Annual Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Adult adoptees in most of the advanced, industrialized nations of the world have unrestricted access to their original birth records as a matter of right. In contrast, adult adoptees in all but six states in the U.S. are forbidden unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates, due to archaic laws that are a legacy of a culture of shame that stigmatized infertility, out-of-wedlock birth and adoption.

Adult adoptees and their supporters have worked diligently in different states for decades to overturn these laws, but have been opposed by well-funded lobbies representing certain adoption agencies and lawyers who have a vested interest in keeping birth certificates sealed.

Please join us in Louisville as we fight to restore our dignity and equality! If you can’t attend the demonstration, you can still help. Participate in our writing campaign to inform all state legislatures of the urgency of unsealing our records to restore the equality of adoptees in the United States. Help spread the word about the protest on your blog, or to any groups or mailing lists you belong to. And if you can afford it, your donation would be greatly appreciated.

Make a difference, be a part of history and get involved today!

Adoptee Rights Demonstration 2010

Your Rights — Your Voice — Your Protest

To sign up for ARD 2010 Louisville, please visit http://www.AdopteeRights.net

1 comment:

Von said...

Can't be with you but I will be there in spirit on the big day and wish you all well and great success. I will post this to my blog if I may.
I find it extraordinary that groups oppose this change in legislation!