Panel clears bill to let adoptees see birth record

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Updated: 2/19/2013 9:59 am Published: 2/19/2013 7:23 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma House committee has advanced a bill that would allow adults who were adopted to see their original birth certificates.

The bill from Wagoner Democrat Rep. Wade Rousselot would allow adopted adults and their descendants to request those birth certificates and see their biological parents' names. The House Human Services Committee approved the bill without opposition Monday, meaning it will head to the full House of Representatives.

Rousselot says he proposed the bill mostly so that adoptees would be able to trace their medical history.

He says many adoptees aren't interested in pursuing their parents after learning their names. Under the proposal, biological parents would be able to specify whether they'd like to be contacted by their child under the proposal.

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