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Adoptees want same rights as everyone

As the wife of an adoptee, I want to share how it is for him and our children.

Adoptees merely want the same basic human rights as every other citizen. Adoptees want to know who they are, and where they come from.

They want to know, if they or their children get sick, that they can ask their blood relatives if there is a family history.

President Michael D Higgins is right. Information is denied to adoptees and it’s wrong.

My husband has been given miniscule information, obviously to put him off looking.

The protection of the privacy of the mother is trotted out as a reason to deny adoptees information. This is rubbish and a cheap get-out clause by the minister. At least 90% of mothers were forced, and threatened, to give their child up for adoption.

There was no mention of privacy, just threats that they could not ever look for their child.

Opening the records does not mean that adoptees have any disrespect for their adoptive parents. They are still loved, as always, as their parents. This is just another very important part of life for many adoptees.

Adoptees want the same basic rights as you and me, and their own birth certificate and family history.

Where would you be without yours?

Louise Munster,

Co Mayo


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