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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00138

Historical Forced Adoption

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Colin Beattie, Neil Bibby, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Bob Doris, Rhoda Grant, Mark Griffin, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Richard Leonard, Gillian Mackay, Michael Marra, Pauline McNeill, Carol Mochan, Paul O'Kane, Anas Sarwar, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Beatrice Wishart
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

That the Parliament condemns the historical practice of forced adoption, where up to 250,000 mothers were unfairly coerced, resulting in their new-born babies being taken away from unmarried mothers; notes that, in the UK, it is estimated 60,000 of the women resided in Scotland; acknowledges that the babies were taken away against their mother's will and placed for adoption; understands that lawyers examining the birth mothers' cases have focused on the period between 1945 and 1975, before a change in the UK adoption law, when around 500,000 babies were adopted, mostly from mothers who were under 24, denying them the right to care for their children; notes the view that the UK and Scottish governments should follow the lead of the Australian Government in 2013, by taking responsibility for the policies and practices that forced the separation of mothers from their babies, and further notes calls for the Scottish Government to initiate an inquiry regarding the practice in Scotland, acknowledge to the public through a formal apology that there had been wrongdoings and ensure that support is available to women and families in Central Scotland and across the country who have had to live with the consequences of the actions of government in the past.