More Unwed Mother Stories — Peacock Babies

More Unwed Mother Stories — Peacock Babies

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July 21 1999 The Record


Another in the series Laundry Babies – Black Market Baby BMH 5-7-66


In the 60s society judged single mothers harshly. Intense social stigma made it impossible — or nearly impossible — for them to make choices other than adoption. Unmarried mothers also faced enormous institutional pressure to give up their children to “traditional” couples.

The practice of “forced adoptions” was depressingly routine — according to some estimates, between the 1940’s and the late 1980’s, over a million and a half American women were punished for their pregnancies by Church-sanctioned teams of people who I’d like to be able to describe as “well-intentioned,” but who actually sound kind of evil.

Between 1954 and 1977 it was illegal to sell contraceptives to anyone under 16 years of age. It was illegal to even discuss contraception with under-16-year-olds until years later.




 - Dayton Daily News
Dayton, Ohio
07 Mar 1920, Sun  •  Page 29

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

Laundry Babies – Black Market Baby BMH 5-7-66

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. My daughter was a peacock baby Nicole rousseaux found her on the internet.That was 20 years ago She has great parents


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