Australian Prime Minister Apologizes to Teen Moms

Gillard Apologizes to Teen Moms

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered a national apology in Parliament on Thursday to the thousands of unwed and mostly teen moms who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption during the 1950s to 1970s.

Unwed teen moms were pressured, deceived or threatened into giving up their babies so they could be adopted by married couples who would provide the child with a better life. Many said they were coerced into signing their children away, some said they were drugged, and others said their signatures were forged. Overall, tens of thousands of babies were thought to have been taken by the state between the 1950s and 1970s.

Although the a national apology was recommended a year ago by a Senate committee that investigated the impacts of the now-shameful adoption policies, Gillard just got around to doing it now.

“Today this parliament, on behalf of the Australian people, takes responsibility and apologises for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies, which created a lifelong legacy of pain and suffering,” Gillard told the audience, “We deplore the shameful practices that denied you, the mothers, your fundamental rights and responsibilities to love and care for your children.”

To make it up to the teen moms, Gillard announced she was committing $5m to support services for affected families and to help biological families reunite. Kind of a stingy apology gift, but whatever. A better gift would be to teach the United States how to implement these policies when it comes to the cast of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2.

How are those girls holding up anyway?

Farrah was arrested for a DUI this week, Amber is still rotting away in jail, Jenelle is in rehab and not allowed to see her son, Maci got a boob job (well, actually a lot of them got boob jobs), and Leah is divorced, remarried and has three kids now. Success!

Teen Moms

Via: The Guardian

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