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Adoptees and Medical History

Adoptees need their medical histories

Adoptees and medical history. It’s a problem. My son once told me that being adopted was like being in the Witness Protection Program. But without access to family medical history.

With all the debate about healthcare swirling around us, I find myself thinking about healthcare and adoption. I most definitely want reasonably priced healthcare for all Americans. BUT adoptees need more than that. They need what most of us already  have. In other words, our medical histories.

I know what my grandparents died of…and my father. That my mother has high blood pressure and that quite a few people in my family have circulatory issues (Maybe from smoking.) I know that despite the fact that most of us are as pale as the underbelly of an eyeless sea-creature, no one has contracted skin cancer. And that while we can eat pretty much anything, I know we’ve got one member with severe wheat allergies and issues with dairy. Another is allergic to dessert pollens and olive trees. Curvature of the spine is a big issue. Maybe hip degeneration. Imagine not knowing those things about yourself. And when adoptive parents hold that baby in their arms, don’t THEY want to know?  My maternal grandmother was allergic to penicillin and Novocain. One of my three children has that penicillin allergy and it can be life threatening.

Unseal adoption records

How can adoptees and their parents rest easily without knowing? For many, many adoptees, the information is available. If they could find the identity of their biological parents. Unsealing adoption records would change that. Adoptees. And medical history. It’s a big deal.

Universal Healthcare and Adoption

Universal healthcare is a good thing. Capitalism is scary. Greed is scary.
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Universal healthcare is a good thing.  But, we think things like health care are a zero-sum game. Oh, no! These poor people can’t have health care! It’ll raise my rates.

I spent a month in France recently and had a few discussions with French acquaintances about the healthcare debate currently raging in the U.S. Why don’t Americans want healthcare? This was the question everyone asked me. Honestly, the whole discussion blows their minds.

It got me thinking.

What if a woman who was considering relinquishing a child for adoption could rest assured that her child would have universal healthcare? Cradle to the grave health coverage. It seems that in this day and age when shame and sin play a lesser role in the decision making process of many birthmothers, it might be healthcare–or the prospect of raising a child without it–that pushes one toward adoption.
And if we had universal healthcare, covering a birthmom’s maternity expenses could no longer be part of the currency of adoption.
And let’s go a step further into the world of socialist governments. Education would be free–including the university. There’s goes the argument for giving up your child to provide him or her better opportunities.
A playing field that level could change a lot of things.