Those are the words of Australian Prime Minister Gillard in her apology to mothers, adoptees, sisters, brothers, fathers and others harmed by forced adoption.
I’ve said it on this blog before, what happened to us wasn’t right. As in Australia, here in Canada there was no informed consent and there were oh so many lies. Lies about our ability to raise the babies we had given birth to, lies about the known impact of adoption on us and the children who were relinquished, lies about the perfection of the adoptive parent pool. Some of us were not permitted to see or hold our babies. Well, Australia after considerable study and research, has come to realize these practices were wrong and inflicted great harm.
So, be you mother, adoptee or one of the others, get out the Kleenex and watch this all the way through. Australia so gets it, it is unbelievable.
I just wrote to the Honourable Julia Gillard in Australia to say thank you. If you would like to do the same, here is the link to her website.
Will we ever see this happen in this country?
I hope the day is coming.