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May 2000Vol. 1, No. 3Oregon's Adoption Record Access Law Remains on Hold

The Oregon Supreme Court has refused to review a ruling by an appellate court that a law giving adult adoptees in the State access to their original birth certificates is constititutional. But, an injunction delaying implementation of the law remains in place as opponents ask the High Court to reconsider.

The 1998 law was the first in the nation approved by voters giving adoptees access to their birth records. More than 2,000 adults have requested their records. The law has been on hold since its enactment as a legal challenge winds its way through the system. The challenge was filed by six birth mothers who argue that the law infringes on the confidentiality they were assured when they relinquished children for adoption.