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Bill Opening Access to Adoption Records Stalls in House

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indiana lawmakers say a bill that would have given adoptees equal access to their birth records has stalled in the House and no further action will be taken this session.
The bill's co-author, Republican Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford, says the House Judiciary Committee has too many bills that still need to be considered this session and the measure has been bumped.
The bill would have made accessing birth records easier for those born between 1941 and 1994 since records during that era currently are sealed.
Supporters of the proposal argue they want to know their medical histories, while opponents believe birth parents have a right to keep their identities private.
An aide to Gov. Mike Pence also raised concerns last month about how the measure would impact biological mothers

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