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There are 5 comments on POV: We Need to Eliminate Sex from the Public Portion of Birth Certificates

  1. since a lot of medical indication guidelines are sex dependent, how does one address this? for example, the guidelines for diagnosing anemia are sex dependent, where the threshold for anemia in g/dL of blood is different for adult males, adult non-pregnant females, and adult pregnant females. so if an adult identifies as male, but their sex at birth was female, how does this play into diagnosis of medical conditions where guidelines are sex dependent?

  2. I don’t understand the confusion, if you have a Y chromosome then you are a male. For the rare intersex situation, that could be handled differently.

  3. This has been a controversial topic. Race was once public on birth certificates, and it was removed since it was not necessary. For the transgender and intersex communities, removing sex from birth certificates just makes life less complicated. Having a gender identity that does not match the sex designation on a birth certificate can create confusion and potentially expose people to discrimination when an identity document is requested, such as when they register at a school or university or apply for a passport. Birth certificates are also used to accumulate identity “points” for anything from applying for a credit card to commencing a job. However, many believe in sex is an important identifier for a person. If sex is removed from birth certificates, what else is left on there, name and date of birth? The primary purpose of a birth certificate is to provide verification of a person’s legal identity, and gender is different than sex.

  4. Removing sex designation at birth will lead to less discrimination and will increase gender equity. Yet, assigning sex at birth is essential for data analysis, collection, and future health-related matters. Thus, it is still essential to record a person’s sex designation at birth in one form or another. Thus, it is essential to keep using the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth which is critically used for medical, public health, and statistical uses only. This way the government-issued certificate of live birth wouldn’t need to have sex designation at birth, as it’s not a piece of important information to the public.

  5. I think rather than removing sex from birth certificates, as this could lead to confusion with medical procedures and such, we should rephrase how gender is asked for official documents and jobs. I’m applying to jobs at the moment and every application I fill out has a different way of asking for gender. Some companies will ask what you identify as, with more than two answer choices, while others ask what’s on your birth certificate and give no option besides male and female. I think the first step is to hold companies accountable, especially since pretty much every company says they believe in diversity and inclusion. Beyond jobs, for government ID’s, school registration, etc. the same question- on how you identify- should be asked.

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