by Roy H. Montalvo on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
Worldwide, almost a third of all births aren't registered. Nationally, registration rates vary widely, from 3 percent in Somalia to 100 percent in Bhutan. In some cases, that's because birth certificates don't seem useful to parents. For someone who lives in a remote part of a country that doesn't provide any obvious citizenship benefits, there's not much of an incentive to bother with registering a child.
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.