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.
“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.”