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Adoption groups demand
inquiry into dissections
By Conall Ó Fátharta
Irish Examiner Saturday, October 08, 2011
ADOPTION groups have received a large surge in calls to helplines
following revelations that hundreds of dead babies from mother and baby
homes were dissected in universities.
An RTÉ Prime Time investigation into vaccine trials carried out in the
homes, found that more than 400 babies were dissected by medical
students in a practice that continued into the 1960s.
Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance said: "We had over 50
calls within the first half hour of the programme ending and it’s been
the same today."
The alliance has called for a state inquiry into the vaccine trials and
into how the dissections were sanctioned.
"In searching for the truth on medical experimentation and illegal
vaccine trials, the whole truth of Ireland’s murky adoption industry
must be sought, because if we do not fully own and acknowledge all of
our nation’s history, there is little to prevent such abominations
from happening again," said Ms Lohan.
Last August, the alliance submitted legislative proposals to Minister
for Children, Frances Fitzgerald calling for adoption information
legislation, as well as recommendations for inquiries into illegal
adoption practices and the treatment of women and girls in mother and
Ms Fitzgerald has said that tracing and information legislation is being
examined. However, in a radio interview this summer, she appeared to
suggest that such legislation could be offered retrospectively.
"I think you can bring in tracing legislation... not going
backwards but from current best practice going forward that the child
would have access to birth certs, to detailed information... I think
that would be very difficult and there will be people who will be very
disappointed hearing that," she said.
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