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  •  there is no redress (15+ / 0-)

    no one can put my newborn back into my arms

    the decades since then are lost to me.

    a meaningful reform would be to regulate adoption NOW, to prevent a recurrence.  regulate both domestic and international adoption.  i have a hundred links i could share about the corruption and fraud in both

    remember the republicans! rape, single mothers, orphanages, welfare queens, abortion, birth control.

    it could happen again,and it could happen to someone you love.

    •  I agree. There is no repair (5+ / 0-)

      No. There is never any adequate "reparation." I was talking about the legal concept only. When the 9/11 compensation commission tried to calculate lost earnings, for example, it was cold blooded, inadequate, and almost obscene, and yet political states move by state means.

      I was only trying to ask if, when we look at things that fracture into generations and dynamics of historical response, we can even ask for this pitiful legal thing? We can hope for it, and we have to demand reform, and that before apology, but do we ask, as Denise posed, reparations, as Australia could, for its generation?

      I'll say it again, if there isn't reform first, then there hasn't been an apology. If the crime is still being committed, then there's nothing to talk about.

      Everyone is innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 10:20:25 AM PDT

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      •  the only redress (4+ / 0-)

        is adequate legal protections for natural families today.

        this should never happen again.

        acknowledgement of past wrongs does help in  repairing the fractures to natural families in the past, it is true

        we did not only lose our children.  many of us lost  our friends, our reputations, and our original  families, who were complicit to some extent in our losses.  it does help to have it publicly acknowledged that we were terribly wronged.

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