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Adoption bill 'discriminatory and offensive' says Cavan campaigner

Jan 13, 2022 16:01 By News Northern Sound
Adoption bill 'discriminatory and offensive' says Cavan campaigner Adoption bill 'discriminatory and offensive' says Cavan campaigner
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Claire McGettrick says adopted people do not need to "concept of privacy" explained to them.

A Cavan-based adoption rights campaigner says a new adoption bill is "deeply discriminatory and offensive".

The Minister for Equality, Roderic O'Gorman, published a bill yesterday that gives adopted people access to their birth records for the first time.

The legislation will also allow birth parents and adopted people to indicate whether or not they want to be contacted by relatives.

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However, Claire McGettrick, the co-founder of the Adoption Rights Alliance, says Minister O'Gorman has "not listened to some of the most egregious aspects of the Bill".

She says where birth parents issue a preference that they not be contacted, the adopted person will have to attend a mandatory information session where "the importance of respecting privacy is explained".

Claire told Northern Sound that this is "deeply insulting" and added that adopted people "do not need the concept of privacy explained" to them:

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