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Legislation would give adoptees access to birth records

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Lawmakers are working to open doors in New York State; making it possible for adoptees to have access to their original birth certificate once they turn 18-years-old.

This new legislation would not only grant adoptees access to their medical and ethnic records, it would also help people hoping to reunite with their biological families.

On Monday, the NEWS CENTER told you the story of Denise Plath-Slattery and her search for her long-lost sister Lory. One of the main road blocks is what some call New York State's out-of-date adoption laws

On Tuesday, Assemblyman David Weprin announced his effort to change that.

Surrounded by supporters, he and other lawmakers introduced the "Adoptee Bill of Rights" and are hoping to get it passed during this legislative session.

The bi-partisan bill is currently stuck in the code's committee; but has 77 co-sponsors in the State Assembly, all that is needed to pass the bill. If passed, the bill would allow adoptees access to their original birth certificates and vital health records once they reach 18-years-old.

Opponents of the bill say passing it would violate the privacy promise to birth parents.

Denise and her sisters say that adults who were adopted should have access to their original birth certificates just like everyone else.

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