When Abortion Was Illegal, Adoption Was a Cruel Industry. Are We Returning to Those Days?

by Pema Levy

A few weeks ago, before the final decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which ended the constitutional right to an abortion, I downloaded the audio version of American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by the journalist Gabrielle Glaser. Glaser’s book details the history of what became known as the “Baby Scoop Era,” the period from 1945 to 1973 during which as many as three to four million young, unmarried women surrendered their newborns to an exploitative adoption industry, and for many against their will, were permanently severed from their child.

When Abortion Was Illegal, Adoption Was a Cruel Industry. Are We Returning to Those Days?

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Spanish lawmaker: NATO subordinates Europe to US, pushes war on China, enriches weapons companies

Spain’s leftist member of parliament Gerardo Pisarello said the NATO summit was organized to “enrichen the weapons trade” and “reinforce the geostrategic priorities of the United States … above all to weaken China.” He condemned US “vassalage,” calling for a new “autonomous” European security model based on respect for the Global South.

Spanish lawmaker: NATO subordinates Europe to US, pushes war on China, enriches weapons companies

The Malian Junta Isn’t A “Defensively Nationalist Regime” But An African Pioneer

The Malian example strikes fear in the hearts of Western leaders since it makes them suspect that some of the same men tasked with enforcing their neo-colonial regimes in West Africa might secretly be anti-imperialist freedom fighters plotting to overthrow these unjust systems from within like that country’s junta clearly was in hindsight.

The Malian Junta Isn’t A “Defensively Nationalist Regime” But An African Pioneer