News release from Mayor Bill Finch:
Today (Tuesday) at 1:00 p.m., Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will be joining legislators–including Representative David Alexander (D-58)–and advocates in Hartford’s Legislative Office Building, urging members to pass legislation that would give adults who were adopted as children access to birth certificates that include the names of their birth parents. The legislation–House Bill 5144–overwhelmingly passed in the House (106-29) last week, but has yet to be approved by the Senate.
“As an adoptee, I know first-hand what it’s like to lack access to your birth records,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “It’s crucial that the state passes this bill, which allows adopted children to access their birth records. This will help ensure that adoptees not only have a fair shot at knowing their medical history, but also at finding their identity.”
In 2006, then State Senator Finch was the sponsor of similar legislation that passed through both chambers of the General Assembly. However, then-Governor Jodi Rell vetoed the bill. Since, the bill has failed to make it through both the House and Senate. In order for H.B. 5144 to become law, it must be passed by the Senate by Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
“Now is the time to give adoptees the basic human rights that we have been barred from for far too long,” said Finch.