In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.
The Oscar-nominated film Philomena tells the tale of an Irish Catholic mother separated from her son by one of Ireland’s infamous 20th century Magdalene Laundries. But this adoption system wasn’t limited to mid-century Ireland; there are millions of Philomenas out there.
Philomena is another reminder of the vast inequalities between those who adopt children and birth mothers.
This has been a good year so far for an international community of mothers seeking redress for millions of forced adoptions that took place in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s.
Following on to Kathryn Joyce’s piece on Crisis Pregnancy Centers and adoption today on RH Reality Check (in which Joyce points to Bethany Adoption center as an example), Sarah Posner reports today in the American Prospect that in addition to other federal money, Bethany has recieved 8 federal grants totalling over $3 million in 2009.