1977 – Congressional Hearing

06 Jul

Apparently, babies were in short supply for people wanting to adopt post abortion becoming legal in 1973. Which, according to the testimony in the Congressional Hearing linked below brought on a new version of Black Market Adoption. I don’t have the time or energy to type up quotes other than the opening statement by Mr. Hyde, maybe I’ll do another post later. Link to the Congressional Hearing below.

Sale of Children in Interstate and Foreign Commerce – 1977

“Mr. Hyde. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. It’s become increasingly more difficult for many couples to adopt children through normal channels because there just aren’t the adoptable babies available as much as there used to be for various reasons that are well known to all. Many couples in desperation turn to the black markets, and a baby, then, is reduced to a chattel and sold for cash and many times to the highest bidder. The future welfare of the child is rarely considered and often the natural mother, as well as the future parent are emotionally and financially victimized.”

“Meanwhile, black-market baby sellers are contemptuous of State laws, often operate interstate and international with little fear of criminal prosecution. There is a great void in the law governing this situation. They are the only real winners in this game of selling children.”


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7 responses to “1977 – Congressional Hearing

  1. Lara/Trace

    July 6, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Going backward, indeed we are.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. PJ

    July 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    It’s just incomprehensible to think we’re regressing to the Baby Scoop Era..

    This most likely also in final SCOTUS opinion but couldn’t bring myself to read. I was unable to copy portion of Alito’s draft on page #34 . He sites a CDC study referencing declining birth rates and women seeking to adopt children “ ( ie. They were in demand for a baby.)” Also cited ,Safe Haven Laws.Yes,abortion bans are no big deal because you can simply drop your baby off to be adopted.

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    • TAO

      July 6, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      It is PJ – BSE2.


  3. Cindy

    July 6, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I never saw any difference between the descriptions of the BSE and 1981… it sure felt like hell to me but so many kept up the narrative, as they do even today with all their little tweaks and so-called promises of, “it’s different now”. It never got any better, the baby traders just got more …adept at marketing.

    Just because abortion became ‘legal’ in 1973 doesn’t have anything at all to do with the attitudes of those involved in procuring an infant for adoption.

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  4. Lara/Trace

    July 7, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    You can delete this comment but I need to speak about this: Of hundreds and I mean hundreds, the MAJORITY of the Native adoptee women I know (and a few guys) were sexually abused by one or both ADOPTIVE parents. And this never gets talked about. But we are in new old territory aren’t we? We’re going back to the old days when a baby is just a baby with no feelings. Game on: more profit for adoption agencies.
    It’s so absurd that people do not connect the dots to sexual abuse for some of us adoptees.
    I am sorry to rant here but it is keeping me up at night.

    Liked by 3 people

    • beth62

      July 9, 2022 at 1:04 pm

      Yes, new old territory. ugh. I fear I will be terribly ugly on this go around. I guess I should just put on my warrior pants today.
      argh and ugh
      Maybe something helpful, to adoptees, will come from the discourse going on now.
      Yeah, that’s all I got while grasping.

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  5. clararidings

    July 18, 2022 at 3:21 am

    So horrible. Thank you for sharing. People form huge lines to adopt infants, and even traffic babies, but instead of a line of adoptive parents, there are huge lines of kids waiting to be adopted who have some sort of special need- who may be a little older, have a disability, behavioral or mental struggles, be part of a sibling group, or have experienced trauma in foster care or orphanages. So unfair to these kids. They deserve the world.



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