For more information about the new law, visit: www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsand Certificates/BirthDeath MarriageandDivorce/Adoptions/Adoption LawSHB1525.aspx
For hours, state legislator Ann Rivers listened to mostly joyful testimony of adoptees reuniting with their biological mothers.
Those who spoke urged Washington lawmakers to allow adopted children to access their original birth certificate.
Finally, Rivers spoke up, telling her colleagues a voice was missing: What about the mothers who had conceived under “less-than-delightful circumstances,” women who had given up a child and wanted to move on with their lives?
“I’m that mom,” the La Center Republican said.
After her emotional revelation and a subsequent vote, the then-House member stood up, walked to the back of the committee room and hugged the measure’s chief sponsor, Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, who was adopted. Rivers knew she had killed that version of the bill.