|Adoption or Abduction May 1|
“Adopted or Abducted” airs Tuesday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on HDnet. Readers can find their local channel by going to Dan Rather Reports, hitting subscribe and entering their zip code and selecting their cable provider.
AN APOLOGY FOR AMERICAN MOTHERS?
Although Karen Wilson Butterbaugh and other mothers of the Baby Scoop Era are demanding recognition for the millions of American women systematically denied the right to raise their infants, it's unlikely that apologies will be forthcoming. Adoption critic and writer Jessica Delbalzo points out that unlike Australia, infant adoption in US is a big business, bringing in an estimated $1.4 billion a year. She writes in the Daily Kos:
“Admitting that mothers and their children were wrongly separated in the decades preceding Roe v. Wade could, conceivably, open up modern adoption practices for criticism....In addition to false promises [of open adoption] other coericive tactics are alive as well. ...Young women are still told that if they love their babies they will give them away. Prospective adopters advertise for babies in magazines and online and expectant mothers are encouraged to “make an adoption plan” and meet the would-be adopters before the baby is born. In some cases the adopters even join them in the delivery room. None of this is done in Australia....If Americans admit that adoptions were conducted unethically or illegally in the 1950’s to the 1970’s, they may just have to admit that the industry is still as rife with corruption as it ever was. The numbers may be lower but if anti-choice, anti-contraception politicians have their way, they will be on the rise again soon. An apology for past practices is warranted, but what we need even more than that are safeguards for the future.”
We at FMF whole-heartedly agree. We would add, though, that it is not only the “anti-choice, anti-contraception politicians”, we need to be wary of, but liberals as well like the Center for American Progress which promote adoption as an option along with abortion and “parenting.”
LET US SEIZE THE MOMENT
“Adoption or Abduction” promises to bring adoption corruption—and by extension the need for reform--into the public consciousness. We can expect the adoption industry to respond with something like this: since most adoptions are open, it a different situation today than when you [old, irrelevant first mothers] relinquished--decisions to give up one's baby are made freely. Because this is the message we hear now, it is important that post-Roe v. Wade mothers (1973) tell their stories. One way to do this is to post them on Origins-USA.
Beyond that, first mothers need to join together and work with their legislators for laws which assure mothers have the time and information to make informed decisions.
See also, a later post by Lorraine: In the Sixties: Was I 'forced' to give up my baby?
Adopted or abducted?
Presbyterians to probe maternity homes
Adoption Apologies Expected in Australia -- Why not in America?
Justice for Mother and Child
Claudia Corrigan D'Arcy: Interviewing with Dan Rather Reports
What the #!%* Is anybody investigating the allegations of forced adoption across Canada?
The Baby Scoop Era: Research, Education and Inquiry
Catholic church apologies for forced adoptions in Australia
Australia Apologies for Adoption Polices, sort of
Response to the Adoption Option
Coming soon: A former Bethany reveals more about the process of encouraging other mothers to relinquish their children.