by David P. Bell on Jun 13, 2018 Uncategorized
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.
Some logistical hurdles have been tackled with more funding and resources to vital registration systems, or by making registration more convenient for parents. For instance, Tanzanian parents can register their children via text message, and mobile clinics in Indonesian villages bring birth certificates to new parents. The governance and trust issues, however, are more challenging to address.