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State should follow NJ, Ohio lead on adoptees

A new law in New Jersey will give adult adoptees the right to get their original birth certificates as of Jan. 1, 2017.

A similar law took effect in Ohio last year, and more than 7,000 adoptees have received their birth certificates.

In Pennsylvania, HB 162 would provide this same right to adoptees born in the commonwealth, whose rights have been denied since 1984.

As with New Jersey and Ohio, HB 162 has a provision whereby a birth parent can have his or her name redacted from the birth certificate for a specific period of time.

The bill passed the House overwhelmingly in the last two sessions and stalled in the Senate. It is before the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare.

It is time for Pennsylvania to pass the bill and join New Jersey, Ohio and several other states in treating all of its citizens equally.

Carolyn Hoard

West Grove