Rapper lobbies N.J. lawmakers for adoption rights

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He became famous in the 1980s as the rapper DMC but came to the New Jersey Statehouse Thursday simply as Darryl McDaniels to ask lawmakers to give adoptees access to their birth records. Full Story

Grand Forks, ND

#1 Jan 24, 2008
Go Darryl! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Lakewood, OH

#2 Jan 24, 2008
Great job! And, so happy to hear you're out of committee and on your way. This time will be IT! Thank you all!

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jan 24, 2008
Very moving testimony. The NJ Legislature has it online at


(fast forward to 10 minutes)

United States

#4 Jan 24, 2008
Definitely great testimony by DMC, Adam Pertman and Debra Ellis.

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jan 25, 2008
Although this bill contains a contact veto in it allowing the natural parents to ommit their names, Adam Pertmans and DMC's testimonies were brilliant! NJ Right to life had a pathetic testimony, as did the gentlemen before her. j

There is no law or record of any first parent being promised confidentiality. NONE. The Evan B Donaldson Institute a research institute on adoption matters did the most recent and comprehensive study ever done on adoptees and our access to our records ( google Evan B Donaldson the study is downloadable from their website ) and it was a victory for adoptees, 95% of mothers and fathers separated from their children by adoption want contact. For the other 5% they can have contact preference forms. As the law stands there IS NO LAW giving parents who have surrendered their children by adoption, privacy. NONE. This law would give them a little, which I don't support.

As an adoptee, I deserve equality to non adopted persons as all adoptees do. Thank you to all who testified in our behalf, its a shame that they included the contact veto.

Lincoln Park, NJ

#6 Jan 25, 2008
He's got a point. NEver knowing our parents, we don't know our familial history of health, diseases or identity.

Luckily, I was adopted by a family member. Met my birth mother when I was 18. Have yet to meet her sperm donor....but wouldn't need to if I had access to records.

Since: Nov 07

Oskaloosa, KS

#7 Jan 26, 2008
I would like to thank everyone who lobbied on behalf of open records. This is a right that was taken from adoptees and this bill will restore it for the most part. I'm in favor of a "no contact" preference rather than a disclosure veto. As the law stands right now - an adoptee does not know how their parents will feel about being found.

Give us our information, let us know if and how you want to be contacted. And if your parents died young - that would be something your doctors would definitely want to know.

Gaye in Kansas - where original birth records were always available to adoptees

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