Kinda OT: Adoption policy theory
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|Thu, 08-09-2007 - 11:36am|
Are any of you ladies following the Allison Quet story?
In a nutshell a woman used a sperm donor to become pregnant. She concieved twins and had a horrible pregnancy. She was hospitalized at about 7 months of pregnancy and was even told she might die at a point. Eventually she gave birth to a healthy boy and a girl. She then developed postpartum pyschosis and started hearing voices telling her to give the babies up for adoption. She confided in a friend about this. This particular friend knew a couple who was wanting to adopt. Allison's story is that they knew she was weak and vulernable and they manipulated her into giving the baby's up for adoption (the twins were adopted out to the couple the friend knew). She wants them back. She has sought medical treatment and a doctor has said she was not in the right state of mind when she gave the children up. The couple is claiming she was and is just suffering from some regret, which is normal. If you are wanting to know more you can Google Allison Quet and find all the stories.
But this brings me to my point. In this state, and I'm sure most others, there is no evaluation from a medical psychiatrist when a girl is giving her child up for adoption. There are probably many more cases where the girl was suffering from a postpartum disorder and truly might not have been at a point where she could consent. The agencies are very much into getting things signed and set in stone right away. In this state they like it to be done at 48 hours after birth, the absolute minimum amount of time required to wait after a birth. Is this wrong? Would it be unfair to require these girls are seen and evaluated and then a doctor signs off that they are indeed in a correct state of mind mentally? This kinda ties into abortion since pre-abortion counseling is required, although there is debate on how much good it actually does.
Any thoughts on this?