Access reform bills for original birth certificates have now been introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate. The bills will reform how adult adoptees can access their own original birth certificates, which is currently limited under Minnesota law by a number of factors, including the date of the adoption (those adopted after 1977 have far greater rights than those who were adopted earlier). Reforming the law is necessary to help provide a critical piece of identity afforded to all non-adopted adults in this country. Read the full text and track each of the bills here: SF1284 or HF2030.
With non-substantive changes, the bills are identical to those introduced during Minnesota’s last legislative session. The bills are a result of extensive nonpartisan efforts, which involved a Citizens League process of meetings, discussions, and workshops to help draft the reform bill. Read more about that process and what the bill does here.
Help Us Now: How to Get Involved
1. Contact your state representative and senator TODAY. Ask them to support SF 1284/HF 2030.
2. Ask friends and family to contact their own senators and representatives to support SF 1284/HF 2030.
3. If you are a member of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, ask MCCL to withdraw opposition to the OBC Access Reform bills. Adult adoptees’ access to their own original birth certificates has had NO IMPACT on abortion rates in the United States. In fact, in states that allow adoptees to access their own original birth certificates, the abortion rate is generally lower than the national average, while adoption rates are higher.