There is a debate roaring around in states across the country regarding basic rights: Which is more important: An adoptee’s right to know who they are and where they came from? Or a birth parent’s right to privacy? Legislatures in California, Texas, New York, and Florida are all currently weighing this question.
In this radio conversation, Ron Upshaw and both his birth mother and adoptive mothers take on this question.
His birth mom, Catherine, is clear on her stance: “I think unrestricted access should be a right for every adopted child.” She also stated that in creating laws, “I don’t think you should err on the side of the mother who relinquished the child for adoption. She shouldn’t have more consideration than the adoptee.”