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Adoption Measure 58 in Oregon Oregon adoptees won a nineteen month court battle to see their birth certificates which have been sealed since 1957 US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConner refused to continue a hold on Measure 58 an adoption rights law approved by voters in Oregon in 1998 Six birth mothers had filed law suits to prevent this The new las is retroactive and they feared they would be open to contact from children they had given up for adoption so many years ago That ist would upset their current lives ans their families didnt know about them giving up a child for adoption The birth mothers argued that Measure 58 violated their constitutional right to privacy This change is a good thing Now oregonions have recognized that adoption should not be hidden in shame and everyone has the right to know who their parents are That is is a good thing to pur a child up for adoption so they can have a good home that the real parents couldnt give them Adoption experts estimate there are about 79000 adoptees in Oregon The State office for Services to Children handled about 2200 last year and estimates the new law will affect about 25000 Oregonions So far only 16 Oregon mothers have attached forms to their childrens birth certificates saying they do not want contact If adoptive parents birth parents siblings and friends are considered there is probably not a life in oregon that is not touched by adoption It will not be an easy road for adoptees even with Measure58 A birth mothers real name does not always appear on the certtificate so its hard to locate a birth parent It isnt just to cause trouble that adoptees want to know they may have health problems and want a medical history Their are many reasons and I think its a good thing
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