The Connecticut House of Representatives approved a bill Friday that would give adults who were adopted as children access to birth certificates that include the names of their birth parents.
Most states allow adopted children access only to birth certificates that omit biological parents' names.
The Connecticut bill was passed by a 106-29 vote and immediately moved to the Senate.
Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, R-Newtown, who opposed the bill, says he believes it will be approved by the Senate with little opposition.
To be signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy, though, it must be approved by the Senate before its legislative session ends Wednesday.
"Access to one's birth certificate is a right all human beings, including adoptees, should have," says Karen Caffrey, president of Access Connecticut, which lobbied for the legislation.
Only seven states - Alabama, Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island - give adults who were adopted unrestricted access to their own original birth records, according to Bastard Nation, an advocacy group.
Connecticut Rep. David Alexander, D-Enfield, who introduced the House bill, says he is "very excited" about its passage, and much of the country is "way behind" in providing adult adoptees' access to their original birth certificates.
Such access can be important for a number of reasons, including learning about one's medical history, says Alexander, who was adopted.
Bolinsky says he voted against the bill because it infringes on the rights of birth parents who expect privacy when giving a child away for adoption.
Caffrey says studies have shown that "a vast majority" of birth parents who give children away for adoption want contact with them when they become adults.
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