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Senate Bill 155 Clears Committee

Baton Rouge, LA - May 18th, 2011

People who are adopted in Louisiana would have access to their full birth certificates through legislation that moved out of a state Senate committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 155 by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, would allow those who are adopted to find out the identity of their birth mother and more information once they turn 24 years old.

Current law requires adopted people to go through a legal process to obtain partial birth certificate information. They need to demonstrate to the court a “compelling necessity,” such as inheritance issues and medical concerns. Those who are adopted now receive an amended birth certificate with the names of their adoptive parents, while the original certificate is put under seal.

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The Ironies in Adoption
By Mirah Riben
AAC Decree, Spring 2011, Vol. 28, No 1, p. 6-7

An estimated 10 percent of Americans experience difficulties conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term and seek the assistance of fertility specialists. But Americans are not alone.

Neil and Monique, 46, Ward, spent around £100,000 and 25 years trying desperately for children of their own, and now that they have twins conceived using donor eggs and sperm after a total of 17 attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other infertility treatments and delivered by cesarean section, the British couple have no regrets at the astronomical expense.  One can only speculate how much Celine Dion has spent to become pregnant after undergoing six in vitro fertilizations and acupuncture.

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