However, a first mother whose child was whisked away from her called in and told of having labor induced and her child taken away when she said that she wanted to keep her child.
That's not all. Before the show was over, a one-time trainee midwife, Wendy Anne, at one of the hospitals called in and said that while she and the others cared for the young women they helped deliver, she realized how cruel the practice of forced adoption was. From ABC Perth, by Geoff:
"Wendy confirmed that mothers were not allowed to see their babies after they were born - and that yes, sheets were pulled high to prevent any contact being made before the child was whisked away.
"What became clear to all of us today - and surely to the Archbishop, was that consent was often not given and that there is a mountain of evidence - not just anecdote that tells us young vulnerable women were coerced, emotionally blackmailed and lied to.
"Now, this is not just about the Catholic church - it is about societal norms of the time and state governments and welfare agencies which were complicit too - but I wonder what kind of evidence does Archbishop Hickey need to truly accept responsibility here?
"It is one thing to apologize - it is quite another to know why you should."Thank you, Geoff Hutchison, for understanding what so many do not.--lorraine
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