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We at Origins-USA thank The Nation for this thorough and insightful article. It goes a long way in educating the public on what's really going on in many adoption businesses.

Anti-abortion Christian groups, however, are not the only organizations that use trickery to induce vulnerable young women to surrender their babies. I gave up my son in 1990 to a non-religious non-profit that similarly used "counseling" to pressure mothers into adoption. I was strongly dissuaded from any attempt to keep my baby and constantly told to think of adoption surrender as my only real option.

Origins-USA, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation led by mothers who lost children to adoption, advocates for the natural right of mothers to nurture their children and for keeping families together.

Bernadette Wright

Falls Church, VA

Sep 1 2009 - 8:04pm

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As the PA Chair of the Republican Majority for Choice, I have heard countless tales of CPCs and the tactics they use to shame and manipulate women, but this goes too far. Women in these situations should be supported, no matter the choice they make, and their vulnerability being manipulated by extremists for profit is disgusting. These organizations and the horror stories they produce may even scare women into not considering adoption. It is clear that legislation should be enacted nationally, protecting women from organizations that not only deceive them but rob them of their rights as women and mothers.

Karen Chizeck

Philadelphia, PA

Sep 1 2009 - 4:24pm

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Kathryn Joyce "got it right"! I am a partial victim of the Crisis Pregnancy Centers work. Having been a young unwed mother with no outside support, I turned to "New Hope" in Seattle. I had hopes for my son and both of our futures. They counseled me with one option: "An open adoption where my son would have a life I couldn't provide." In some ways my son had a life I couldn't provide, but what I was led to believe was going to be an "open adoption/access to my son co-parenting" was essentially a closed adoption. What I was to find out later was I had no legal rights to accessing my son.

My life has been full, varied, abundant and challenging, and this by far has been the hardest aspect to reconcile. From my perspective, education is the key. I, too, am deeply grateful for the work of many brave individuals who speak the truth of the deep losses, guilt and shame that all of us involved with adoption experience.

I am looking forward to Ann Fessler, who wrote The Girls Who Went Away, writing a sequel from the perspective/experience of an adoptee and a follow-up with adoptive parents!

Thanks for telling the truth!

Jacqueline Marcell

WARM/CUB<br />Seattle, WA

Aug 28 2009 - 11:33pm

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