Sanctimonious Deception

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By the 1950’s post-war Europe had abandoned exporting their next generation. But Australia’s demand for babies to adopt continued unabated and, to keep the numbers up, our pregnant women in difficult circumstances were to be bullied and coerced into signing consent forms. Wealthier women had several options: travelling overseas for an abortion; having the family support the new mother; or placing the child within the family circle or influence.

But when it came to the masses, the believing underclass, the Church didn’t permit abortion or suicide and many respectable families would disown a daughter should she arrive home with babe in arms. Given this sort of pressure from Church and peers, secrecy and adoption were often the woman’s only options.

The Churches had been well versed in baby snatching for centuries, and by the end of the 60’s it was big business in Australia. Sanctimonious deception went hand in hand with corruption, crime, dead women and ruined lives. For non-believers, there was a private hospital network that could also supply accommodation, work and all the illicit services required with payment made via the furtive sale of the baby. But the truth will out and repercussions ripple through generations.

In the post-World War Two period, once discovered as having an unwanted pregnancy, the scarlet woman who decided on adoption soon disappeared from local sight and appeared, childless, six months later from a supposed interstate or country trip. In reality these women were often working without pay at a private hospital a few suburbs away that would later also charge the adopting parents, and the government, for medical and hospital expenses.

 

By the 1950’s post-war Europe had abandoned exporting their next generation. But Australia’s demand for babies to adopt continued unabated...