Release 7th October 2011
Adoption Rights Alliance strongly condemns use of deceased infants in
Rights Alliance, a group advocating for equal human and civil rights for
those affected by Ireland's closed secret adoption system, has strongly
condemned the use of the bodies of deceased infants in anatomical
experiments, as well as the use of children in Mother and Baby Homes in
vaccine trials, as reported in RTÉ’s Prime Time programme on Thursday
6th October. The
group says its helpline has been inundated with calls since the
programme aired, with 50 calls alone coming in within the first half
hour of the programme ending.
medical practices exposed in the Prime Time programme demonstrated an
utter contempt for children born outside of marriage, and for their
mothers who were denied an opportunity to bury their children with
dignity. These latest
revelations reinforce our assertion that children who were born outside
of marriage were viewed as “nobody’s children”, disposable and
therefore reduced to the status of mere commodities to be used by church
and state as they saw fit.
must now be asked as to why previous inquiries, investigations and
audits into organ retention practices failed to reveal the experimental use
of deceased infants originally destined for adoption.
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. Adoption Rights Alliance is calling on the
Minister for Health and the Minister for Children to establish a
statutory inquiry into these practices.
Prime Time programme also highlighted the extreme difficulties
experienced by adopted people in accessing their records, including
their medical information. In
August 2011 Adoption Rights 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 Baby Homes. The
group is reiterating its call on Minister Fitzgerald to introduce
adoption information legislation to open adoption records without delay.
Ministerial expressions of regret are meaningless to adopted
people without parallel remedial action to open adoption records
The Ryan, Murphy, Cloyne and Ferns reports were a damning indictment of
the systemic abuse of children in church and state care and the systemic
cover up of crimes committed by church/state institutions.
It has been clear to those of us working in the area of adoption
rights for more than a decade that church and state inhumanity also
extended to women and girls in crisis pregnancy and their children,
whose only crime was to have been born out of marriage.
natural mothers seeking advice from Adoption Rights Alliance tell us
and girls who resided at Mother and Baby Homes were
routinely treated in a sub-human fashion, including being denied
adequate medical care or pain relief while giving birth and forced into
unpaid arduous labour. Other
testimonies from our
service users, both adopted people and natural parents, include forced
adoptions, illegal adoptions, false birth registrations,
non-registration of births, as well as disturbing accounts regarding the
use of babies in vaccine trials. The
news of the use of such children in anatomical experiments is just the
latest - though incredibly disturbing - revelation.
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