by Danielle M. Rosenberg on Jun 13, 2018 Birth Certificate
Also contested are attempts to reflect changing notions of family headship on birth certificates. Japan's koseki system, which oversees birth, death, and marriage registration, requires all members of a family to bear the same surname. In practice, this system prevents women from retaining their own last names. Around the world, some people whose last names are different to their children's travel with birth certificates to prove their relationship.
Schinderman isn't alone in wanting this choice. There are fierce debates in adoption and genealogy circles over the sealing of original birth certificates when amended birth certificates are generated. Some argue that adoptees deserve to have access to their original documents, and that these should remain immutable records of biological parentage. Others point to the need for privacy for birth parents and respect for adoptive parents.