Yes, I agree that knowledge of one's own origins is every human's birthright. The CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) believes that as well. Every member of the United Nations, with the exceptions of the United States and Somalia has ratified it so far.
Like genealogy, not everyone may be interested in learning about theirs. Still, the right should be protected for everyone for when & if they do want their own information. I do not believe any parents, be they first or adoptive, have the right to take that away from children. It is oppressive, it is deceptive, it can be life-threatening, it is stealing a vital part of who they and their descendants are.
Currently the NCFA is fighting very hard to continue legally denying equal rights for adult adoptees when it comes to knowledge of their births. Realistically, it will probably take another 5-10 years for the entire USA to be treating all citizens equally in this respect. As more individual states continue to restore rights, I predict one of two things will happen. A tipping point may be reached where all the remainder states will quickly follow suit in reverse of what was done in the 40's through the 60's when they were originally sealed. Or something may happen on a national level that would recognize that adult adoptees are also legally entitled to equal rights under the constitution that would restore all rights immediately.
As for hiding donor sperm/egg status from an individual, all I can say is that is WRONG! Here's where I draw the distinction of what is parental privacy and what belongs to the newly created individual. If the sperm/egg are used from the people the person believes to be their creators, then it doesn't matter how they were joined, what sexual position, how long it took, that's all the parent's business in any family. However, anything that is done that alters the individual's DNA, then it does become their business. This includes using donor anything and/or adoption. Lying or omitting such information from the child/adult is highly unethical.
Yes, I support legal rights to truth of origins. I know many here in the adoption community are already planning on attending the 2nd annual demonstration for adoptee rights in Philladelphia in July 2009. When people say they agree that laws should be changed & ask what they can do to help the process along, here's a great opportunity to be an important part of making history. Anyone can participate to show support in this area.
Thanks for asking about legal rights to truth, Heather. I've heard some people say they already have a copy of their original documents that someone else saved for them. While that is wonderful and it can be useful, it is not the same as having the right to obtain one's own copy the way all other U.S. citizens can. That would go a long way towards correcting past wrongs & healing the feelings of adoption injustice.