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Second thoughts.

March 31, 2018

The ACLU just won a round over Idaho, effectively forcing it to falsify a legal document. The same question is being adjudicated in Ohio.

Of course we are talking about states being forced to change a person’s biological sex on a birth certificate.

It’s too bad we can’t de-politicize this argument, because the solution is so simple.

Note here that we are making a distinction between biological gender versus psychological gender.  Birth certificates record biological, i.e. physical  gender, since there is no way to ask a newborn whether they feel male or female or any one of 70-some odd “genders” in between.

Note the word BIRTH.

The document is meant to certify certain facts in evidence at the time you are born.

Actually, Musings never could understand why a dysphoric person couldn’t or shouldn’t have a legal record made of their individual choice to change to the opposite biological sex. After all, they invest a great deal of time, money and pain to make that happen.

However, the birth certificate should not be the place to do that.

You might be asking why it is such a big deal anyway. After all, it just means changing one word.

Well, let’s look at that.

Baby A, identified as having been born female, is kidnapped by a noncustodial parent at age two. By age 20, Baby A decides to transition to a male, and accordingly the birth certificate is changed once the process is complete. At age 30, Baby A, now transgender A, is in a fatal auto accident, loses their ID, and has to be identified via forensics.

How is anyone ever going to know that transgender A is the little girl kidnapped at age 2? We don’t fingerprint babies, and they aren’t born with an adult set of teeth.

The obvious answer would be to issue a certificate of sex change. It could go into whatever level of detail is necessary regarding the added or subtracted physical attributes, who performed the surgery, the date the change was complete, and note the “as born” record of the biological physical appearance.

If we are going to accept the BIRTH certificate as a legally binding document, proving not just parentage but such things as where born for the purpose of determining citizenship, why should it be so easy to alter it? What’s to prevent someone from also changing the birthplace from say, America to Ireland because they “feel” Irish?

Hence the need for a new form that would keep the records straight and accurate.

Of course the answer is that if it were that easy to record life changes, lawyers and politicians would lose a highly lucrative source of income and the left would lose a talking point, and a whole set of “victims.”

Just musing.

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