The Governor of New Jersey conditionally vetoed a bill that would have provided adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates. The conditional veto was deemed necessary because it lacked a confidential intermediary who could be utilized to track down the birthmother to decide whether or not she wanted her identity revealed to the adult adoptee.
Adult adoptee groups nationwide are seeking access to their original birth certificates through legislation.
The main opponents are religious groups concerned that pregnant women will consider abortion over adoption if their identity could later be revealed.
Another concern is that the bill does not only address future adoptions, but would also unseal information from adoptions that occurred decades ago when the women who placed their children for adoption believed at the time that their identities would be protected.
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