After WWII, when Australia was faced with “two pressing social issues: married couples unable to conceive, and the unpalatable number of single women giving birth to ‘illegitimate’ babies,” writes Laila Tyack, the government involved itself in the business of stealing babies.

“Tens of thousands of these adoptions are now believed to have been non-consensual, processed under a government policy of what has come to be known as ‘forced adoption’—one that victims and campaigners say was a human rights abuse,” says Tyack.

Independent research and government inquiries have both uncovered the stories of hundreds of single pregnant women who were “routinely drugged, lied to, emotionally and physically assaulted, and coerced by authorities,” with many women being told a “clean break” right after birth was best.

 

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