by Romana M. Brown on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
The legal skirmishes over who should be able to see a birth certificate, and what information it should contain, seem likely to amplify rather than diminish. As technology improves and legal frameworks for parenting continue to evolve, new controversies are bound to play out over birth certificates new and old. Will sperm donors, egg donors, surrogates, and others be reflected? Will these documents allow for more than three people to be named as parents? Will increasingly sophisticated biometrics be embedded into them?
This may have been a blink_and_you_might_miss_it news story for many outside Arkansas. But it's only the latest example in a long history of using birth certificates to make governmental and social statements about identity and relationships.