The following letter was originally published in the November 23, 2013, Star Tribune.
Today is National Adoption Day. The Minnesota Coalition for Adoption Reform will again be lobbying for the right of adoptees to have access to their original birth certificates. Seventy-four years ago, Minnesota Law 1939, chapter 89, section 1, placed adoptees’ original birth certificates “under seal” and under a culture of shame and secrecy.
Open adoption has demonstrated that both adoptees and birth mothers have a need to know. Secrecy kills.
Antiquated laws? Start with that one.
Eunice Anderson, Burnsville