The Baby Scoop Era is considered to be the time frame between 1945 and 1972 (before Roe v Wade) when many many young women lost their babies due to heavy pressure from other people in their lives to give their baby up for adoption.
With the overturning of Roe v Wade at the federal level is sending the legality of abortion back to the individual states to legislate, many people expect a bumper crop of adoptable babies as soon as 9 months from now. Though not directly expressed by the Supreme Court in their decision last week, Justice Alito referred to the lack of adoptable baby stock in the footnotes of his leaked draft opinion. The note was drawn from a 2008 CDC document (2008 regarding some adoption data) however . . . we may just be entering a totally new kind of Baby Scoop Era. Thankfully, less shame in being an unwed pregnant mother now or even a single woman parenting her child but still . . .
So, I found this thoughtful article by Jessica DelBalzo posted through The Baby Scoop Era Research Initiative website titled – The Case Against Adoption: Research and Alternatives for Concerned Citizens. I have posted the link above and will add some excerpts below. About Jessica, she introduces herself thusly – “I am a mother, a lover, and a friend. I am a breastfeeder, a homeschooler, and an instinctive parent. I am an atheist, an advocate of reproductive freedom, and a liberal. I am also an anti-adoption activist.”
She thought it important to add regarding that last line – “When people discover that I am against adoption, they often assume that I am adopted. I am not, nor have I lost a child to adoption. In fact, I grew up believing that adoption was perfectly acceptable.” DelBalzo has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University. She has a daughter Rylie with partner Mike Kukal. Her family is supportive of her efforts to promote natural family preservation.
I resonated with this because both of my parents were adoptees and both of my sisters gave up a baby to adoption. Until I joined a large group made up of the entire triad – including expectant/birth parents, hopeful adoptive parents/adoptive parents, and adoptees – I thought adoption was the most natural thing in the world – how could I not ? The group I joined encourages education and ethical adoption practices but it proved to be a real eye opener for me and although I am not in the triad, I was honestly in the adoption fog (believing in the false narrative many people are fed). Now I am “woke.”
The 1950s brought the professionalization of social work and at the same time, the media began promoting adoption. The previous standard of care, which embraced both mother and child, was replaced by the idea of the unwed mother as a “social problem” that could be remedied, if the baby was removed and placed in an adoptive home.
From Social Work and Social Problems, a publication of the National Association of Social Workers, copyrighted in 1964 and now out of print – “Because there are many more married couples wanting to adopt newborn white babies than there are babies, it may almost be said that they rather than out of wedlock babies are a social problem. (Sometimes social workers in adoption agencies have facetiously suggested setting up social provisions for more ‘babybreeding’.)” Which particularly resonates with Justice Alito’s footnote in the leaked draft opinion.
We may be entering a period of forced birthing leading effectively to a baby breeding situation for couples wanting to adopt. Time will prove it out or not. Women (for the most part) are not going to go willingly back to the original Baby Scoop Era regarding rights they have come to appreciate.
I am short on time today but if you are intrigued, by all means read her entire article at the link.