I read a few of the recommended ethics blogs in the reader. None of them struck me as particularly ground breaking until i came across an article on Forced Adoption Practices in Australia (http://theadoptedones.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/anglican-church-apology-for-forced-adoption-in-australia/). A news story describing the events can be found here (http://religiousintelligence.org/churchnewspaper/?p=27740).
- Beginning in the 1950’s, and ending in the 1970’s, the Australian Church forced unmarried or “unfit” soon to be mothers to put their unborn children up for adoption. A senate inquiry found that this practice was widespread and this investigation lead to an apology from the church which admits complete fault for its actions and acknowledges that the Church caused suffering for both the parents and children that were subject to this treatment.
- This is an outrageous phenomenon that has occurred outside of Australia as well. From an ethical perspective, who gave the Church the right to force an adoption? Aren’t they taking away a mother’s right to raise her children, or a child’s right to be brought up by her parents?
- When i realized that this practice had been occurring in the 1950’s I was shocked. I would have expected something like this in the medieval era, but not 500 years after its end. How could the government allow this to occur in a “free” nation?