This article is about a lesbian couple who "broke up" after the birth of their child. One woman donated her egg and the other one carried and birthed the child. Now the one who donated the egg wants to be listed on the birth certificate and have rights to the child, but the woman who birthed the child is keeping the child from her. Talk about a tangled web.
I only reference the article to show the ridiculousness of inaccurate birth certificates. It highlights the need for reform in law which requires every birth certificate to record accurate information, because it is the CHILD'S birth certificate and not the parent's.
For example, when a child is adopted, their original birth certificate is "sealed" and a new, "amended" (falsified) "Certificate of Live Birth" is created, showing the child's adoptive parents as the ones who actually gave birth. This is unethical.
Fact is, the law ("legal" parentage) can not (nor should it try to) erase biological and personal familial heritage, passed on through DNA.
Because reproductive and adoption "science" has not caught up with ETHICS, maybe every birth certificate issued should include the following:
Child's DNA originated from _____________ & _______________.
Some countries no longer allow legal "sperm" and "egg" donation to be "anonymous" for this very reason.
Personal DNA is important for every citizen to know. Not only for the adopted or surrogate born, or "donated" gamete-created child, but also for their children after them.
Some genealogists suggest that within four more generations, NO American's "family tree" will be accurate because of archaic "sealed records" laws in adoption and unethical reproductive science which doesn't require a factual record of birth/DNA/parentage for every American citizen.
This is only going to get worse, and will eventually affect every US citizen or family, in one way or another. Dr. Martin Luther King was right when he said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Human beings are being bought and sold as commodities in these unregulated, billion-dollar "industries", and until adoption and reproductive laws are reformed to respect the dignity and identity rights of the children affected, they should be immediately halted and deemed illegal.