By Phil Foley
The opening of previously sealed confidential adoption records, as intended by State of New Jersey and other States, places aging and elder women in grave personal physical and emotional danger because of their status as a biological source. The requirement to comply with surrendering your personal medical and family information under threat of exposure denies this class of women equal protection under the law. These women need Federal Protection as the aggressor in this case is the State.
Equality of Opportunity
in order to have individual freedom there needs to be equality of condition “which requires much more than the elimination of legal barriers: it requires the creation of a level playing field that eliminates structural barriers to opportunity”.
Aging and elder women do not have the same social, financial or cultural resources as a biological male facing this threat of exposure. No other class of citizen is being forced to provide personal medical and family information under threat of their name being exposed in the public record. Every aging and elder women facing this State imposed threat suffered a crisis pregnancy as a young girl. Many victims of sexual assault.
Every one of us knows such a woman. You are just not aware of her story.
Please speak out against this social injustice.
Send your story or lift your voice to support protection for aging and elder women to: http://www.elderjusticecoalition.com/contact
Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in certain respects, often including civil rights, freedom of speech, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services. However, it also includes concepts of health equity, economic equality and other social securities. It also includes equal opportunities and obligations, and so involves the whole of society. Social equality requires the absence of legally enforced social class or caste boundaries and the absence of discrimination motivated by an inalienable part of a person's identity. For example, sex, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, origin, caste or class, income or property, language, religion, convictions, opinions, health or disability must not result in unequal treatment under the law and should not reduce opportunities unjustifiably.