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Irish Examiner Letters:
Adopted adults have
a right to know details
Thursday, June 09, 2011
I READ the recent
article in the Irish Examiner concerning historic rights of adopted
adults by Claire O’Sullivan.
I was upset at the
flippant remark made by Minister Frances Fitzgerald in her radio
interview with Pat Kenny (June 2) when she said that historic tracing
will not be made available to adopted adults and that "some people
will be disappointed".
As an adopted adult I feel very strongly that just because my birth
mother doesn’t want anything to do with me is not a good enough reason
for me not to have access to my file.
Our mothers carried us for nine months, gave birth to us, cared for us
for days, weeks, months and, in some circumstances, years before we were
given up for adoption and to be told that we will not have a right to
know her identity is simply not right.
We are not asking for her bank details, credit card account, alarm code
or passwords, just her name and where she (and indeed, we) come from. Is
this too much to ask for?
I know the hurt, upset and sheer devastation this decision will bring to
the thousands of adopted adults who are searching.
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|“In all of us there
is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there
is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting
Alex Haley, Author of Roots