Thursday, August 2, 2012
2:41 PM Kiara MOngrut
The Catholic, Protestant and United Church maternity homes in Canada have had a dark historic adoption practices. These organizations were predicated as refuge for unwed pregnant women; however, they were mistreated and most were forced to give up their newborn babies. These women endured violent labours, they were obstructed their view of labour with a sheet, many were tied to their beds and were also denied painkillers. In fact, they were also verbally abused by the nuns in the maternity homes by being called "sluts".
Karen Lynn, one of the affected women, was 19 when her mother sent her to a religious home for unmarried pregnant women in Clarkson, Ontario in 1963. There, she was known as Karen No. 1 to protect her family’s reputation, and said it was clear she would not have been allowed to stay there if she did not agree to an adoption. A year later, Sharon Pedersen was 20-years-old when she was drugged and tied to her bed during labour and then shown four different babies through the nursery window at a hospital in Victoria, she said. She ultimately signed adoption papers at the local children’s aid society, she said, but not before social workers held a pen in her hand, threatened that she could be charged with child endangerment and to call the police because she was screaming and throwing furniture.
Teenaged and unmarried, Valerie Andrews said she was unknowingly given medication to block her breast-milk. Hanne Andersen said her B.C. hospital records say “Baby for Adoption” even though the teenaged single mother had planned to keep the baby. Nuns nor social workers in Sudbury, Ontario never told Esther Tardif she was eligible for social assistance and said if she loved her unborn child, she would let him go.
Similar accounts to this have begun to emerge across Canada, and there is now a growing movement calling on the federal government to probe this country’s historic adoption practices. Specially now that the world is learning of the organized crime scheme put in place by the Sisters of Mercy and other catholic nun orders worldwide where they found a great profitable business in stealing babies from unwed mothers by drugging them and claiming they were born dead, to then sell the babies in adoption ($$$$$).
Canadian provinces from Quebec westward will soon be hit with class-action suits from all the affected women. The class-action will accusing the government that allowed this to happen and the religious institutions were these crimes took place. The government will be accused of kidnapping, fraud and coercion, according to the well-known lawyer heading the pending actions.
“I don’t think there is any question there was a policy where, if a child was born outside of a marriage, that child was not to remain with the mother,” said Ms. Andersen’s well-known Regina lawyer, Tony Merchant, whose firm secured a $2-billion settlement in the 2006 Indian Residential School class action.
Their stories sound very similar to the hundreds of testimonies recently submitted of Australian women who suffered the same forced adoptions in Catholic hospitals and Catholic mother baby homes from the 1950's to the early 1980s. The Australian Senate committee urged the government to apologize to the parents whose children were forcibly removed from their care. The nuns who put these women through this tragedy were also forced to issue a national "apology" to the women for the crimes the nuns committed.
This should not come as a surprise to the Canadian government since this has not only been seen in Australia, but also in Ireland - and even in Spain where over 300,000 newborns stolen by the nuns in church run hospitals. ( See: www.jh.to/organized crime)