Ethical and Legal Issues Time After the Adoption Essay
A 21-year-old man presents himself to the release of information (ROI) specialist at Metro Medical Center with a request to access his birth records. The young man stated he was adopted and has recently experienced some health complications that his physician suspects are linked to a possible genetic disorder. If he can confirm whether a genetic disorder exists through his mother, the physician will be able to establish a more positive, less expensive, and evasive treatment protocol for the young man. The adoptive parents were able to provide the name of the hospital where he was born and the name of his mother. The young man is requesting access to his birth record including the medical history of his birth mother who had originally indicated during the adoption process that she wished to remain anonymous. The young man has submitted his name to the State’s Adoption Registry in hopes his biological mother will contact him through the registry.
Utilizing your decision matrix, answer the following questions supporting your reasoning:
Does the young man have a right to his birth record or his biological mother’s medical history?
If so, what issues need to be considered before the adoptee is provided with this information?
Since genetic information is requested is there special circumstances to consider before such information is released?
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