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For adopted children, obtaining original birth certificates is a difficult process and includes searches in storage rooms such as this one in the Boston City Hall basement. Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Adoptees nationwide may soon gain access to their original birth certificates

Adopted children face a slew of legal challenges in trying to obtain their original birth certificates. Lawmakers across the country are increasingly granting more access as a basic human right.
Illuminating recent Supreme Court rulings. Geoff Livingston via Getty Images

Religion at the Supreme Court: 3 essential reads

Religion was a common theme in some of the cases to come before the nine justices in the recently concluded Supreme Court term. Three experts help explain what is at stake.
The study found that child-free people were just as satisfied with their lives as those with kids. Aleksandr Faustov/EyeEm via Getty Images

Far more adults don’t want children than previously thought

While past studies have placed the proportion of child-free American adults at somewhere between 2% and 9%, a new study found that in Michigan, over 1 in 4 adults don’t want kids.
In the 20th century Magdalene laundries were punitive institutions where young “fallen” women – pregnant and unmarried – endured a daily regime of silence, prayer and hard labour. The last Magdalene laundry closed in 1996. William Murphy/lFlickr

Ireland’s shame: reforming an adoption system marked by secrecy and trauma

The conservative Catholic moral code that underpinned adoption in Ireland penalised vulnerable women and their children. Now a proposed new law seeks to redress the impact of this legacy of shame.
Whether barriers to adoption are always a bad thing is up for debate. shutterstock

Explainer: how hard is it to adopt in Australia?

We often hear that adoptions in Australia should be easier and quicker. But many safeguards in the adoption process are in place for a reason.

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