May 1, 2012
HDNet's "Dan Rather Reports" examines the treatment of unwed mother's in the 1950s through the 1970's.
The one hour programs airs tonight at 8pm and again at 11pm.
I assume the program is at least in part inspired by the book "The Girls Who Went Away" which was an eye opening account of adoption's dark days and a truly important feminist work. (If you haven't read it you should.) Apparently many of the (incredibly brave) women profiled in the book are interviewed by Mr Rather.
I'll be watching...let's talk about it tomorrow!
From the programs press release;
"How would it feel to be forced to give away a child for adoption? And, how many women, most now in middle age, are tirelessly searching for those children without any assistance from the agencies that arranged the adoptions?
Dan Rather Reports: Adopted or Abducted will devote the entire hour on Tuesday, May 1st to the heartbreaking accounts of women – most of whom were teens at the time – who were forced to hand their babies over for adoption.
In a sweeping and exhaustive six month investigation that spanned from Australia to the United States, producers from Dan Rather Reports conducted nearly one hundred interviews with victims of forced adoptions – some of them speaking for the very first time. What they found was a widespread and shocking practice, even at the height of the sexual revolution in the 1960′s and 70′s when unwed pregnancy was still seen as a disgrace, of babies born out of wedlock forcefully put up for adoption."