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Australia Apologizes

“Ophelia” by John Everett Millais

“Many mothers have died early due to stress related illnesses or committed suicide.”–Australian Senate Report on forced adoptions

A senate report

Thanks to a senate report, Australia has apologized for its forced adoptions.

“Forced adoptions have been a major issue in Australia. In 2013 their Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered a national apology to those affected by forced adoptions. The Australian Senate Enquiry Report found that babies of unmarried mothers were illegally taken by medical staff, social workers and religious persons, sometimes with the assistance of adoption agencies and other authorities, and adopted out to married couples.
Many of these adoptions occurred after the mothers were sent away by their families due to the social stigma associated with being pregnant and unmarried.
It was found that some women were drugged, others restrained, some forced to sign, signatures faked, no informed consent and few (if any) chose to give their children away.
This went on up to the 1970s. It is recognised that this has resulted in major issues for generations of families and for Australian society. Many mothers have died early due to stress related illnesses or committed suicide. Many who have survived do so suffering complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

from an article in The Southern Star newspaper

You can read the official information here.

U.S. birthmothers suffer PTSD

I believe all birthmothers suffer from PTSD. I’ve often wondered about general life outcomes for birthmothers from the era of secrecy in the  U.S. I’ve picked up small pieces of information here and there as I researched my memoir, but found nothing extensive. Certainly no government apology. No apology from the Catholic Church. Without a doubt, U.S. birthmothers have suffered PTSD too.

Sometimes it seems that we’re still the girls who are supposed to disappear.