For me, it was not unlike a video version of reading reunion stories on email lists.
The focus of the show is, as expected, the emotional aspects of not knowing, seeking, longing, wondering...and then finding.
For me, as a mother, there was also pain in the questions left unasked by Ashley. Was she harboring anger for her birthparents who let her go and kept her older and younger siblings? Or was she too afraid of hurting her adoptive parents to dare to include them in the reunion? It was obviously safe for her to openly admit that having a sibling - which she did not have growing up in her adoptive family - was something she felt she missed and wanted. Wanting to meet her birth parents - that's different.
Did her brother David and sister Daniel ask if she wanted to know anything about them - even to see a photo - but they didn't show it? And if so, was it excluded because her answer was no?
That was upsetting for me, as was the joy of the siblings. My sons never showed any interest to know anything about their eldest sister, but my other daughter would have oved to have had those hugs!
As for the public, I do think the depth of emotion and the long wait these people have to put up with to ever reunite might help the public realize the utter stupidity of denying people this simple opportunity. There are plenty of siblings and mothers and kids raised together who chose not to have a relationship or to have cool, distant relationships, or not talk at all. These are things we should all be able to arrange personally.
I think it shows the abusdity of discriminating laws.