Written by Marion Scott, Chief Reporter at Scotland’s national newspaper The Sunday Post, June 6, 2021.
Politicians from every party have backed calls for an official apology to 60,000 mothers who were victims of forced adoption.
The cross-party support means parliament will now debate the scandal when mothers were forced to give their babies up for adoption between the 1950s and 1980s because they were not married.
The practice, which has been described as an abuse of human rights by Amnesty International, has already led to apologies in Australia, Canada and Ireland to the mothers and adopted children, many of whom were never told the truth about their birth or helped to find their natural parents. …
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If it had not been for the bravery of Marion telling her heartbreaking story, many people would never have known this dreadful human rights scandal had happened in Scotland.
We can’t right the wrongs of the past, but we can say sorry and support everyone whose life was affected. https://t.co/BGatUaltta
— Miles Briggs MSP (@Miles4Lothian) June 6, 2021
Mum’s dying wish is for official apology over forced adoptions. https://t.co/52hWGqnWDj
— STV News (@STVNews) June 8, 2021
— CoramBAAF (@CoramBAAF) June 11, 2021
“I remember crying and telling them ‘but I’m his mummy’, and begging them not to take my son. I was told not to be silly. I’d get over it and I could always have other babies when I was married." https://t.co/lejGC387Rb pic.twitter.com/mFZxeIoRQt
— The Sunday Post (@Sunday_Post) June 12, 2021
And a DES word from Marion Scott, Investigative Journalist
I know many of those mums were given DES to suppress their breast milk and very little awareness has been raised on the effect this may have had on them and their future children.
I’m hoping to reach out to see if anyone is aware of this, and is willing to share info or an experience so we can shine a light on what was done to so many women and children, and the lasting effect.
My email is here and I’d very much like to hear from anyone if they can help give voice to this.