Forced adoption was 'horrific'

As a medical student in the 60s Dr Brian Hoolahan experienced the horrific reality of forced adoptions - he reveals the awful truth to Australian Doctor.

“There are few things I remember from over 50 years ago with clarity. But the image of a young mother being pinned by her chest to a bed with a metre-high board held by two nurses, screaming to be allowed to see and touch her baby, is still vivid.

It was thought at the time it was for the best. If the mothers saw or held the baby they wouldn’t allow it to be adopted. There

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