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The Letter I Had To Write

Katie Blum April 13, 2012 Vital Statistics Supervisor Director Box 2023 Edmonton, AB T5J 4W7
To Whom It May Concern:
I recently applied for a birth certificate for my daughter, Rory Rose Blum. Rory was born on August 26, 2011, and passed away on September 12, 2011. I applied for her birth certificate so I could have it as a precious memento to put into her baby book. Imagine my surprise and horror when we received her birth certificate with the word “DECEASED” stamped across her information in bold, black letters. You can hardly read the information. It broke my heart to see the Government of Alberta found my daughter’s birth irrelevant simply because she had passed away eighteen days later. I understand the reason for this new, and quite frankly, insensitive, policy is to protect against fraud. But I also know there is a fine line between trying to protect people and trampling on their rights. My daughter was born, lived, and then passed away. She has as much of a right to a birth cer…