June 20, 2017
"I rise today to stand in opposition to this bill, not because biological parents when they put a child up for adoption had a right to anonymity, but because this bill does not do what the advocates want. This bill, unfortunately, is misguided. This bill is going to create a new set of rights for parents who put their children up for adoption to say they deserve complete anonymity, and that another class of people do not deserve to have their own personal documents that we can get," said Assemblymember Robert Carroll, who voted against a bill known as the Bill of Adoptees Rights because it would allow birth parents the right to anonymity if the adoptee, when he or she reaches the age of 18, requests an original birth certificate and/or access to their medical history. (A-5036)