SAMPLE LETTER TO MP
I am writing to you as my MP to ask you to consider signing the Early Day Motion 590 tabled by Graham Allen MP.
The text of this is as follows:
“That this House recognises the suffering caused by forced child adoptions during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, which took place due to social pressures on women who had children outside of marriage; notes the unacceptable adoption and care practices of the past, such as not giving information about welfare services, including housing and financial help which were available at the time, and not questioning whether women putting their children up for adoption had given informed consent; further recognises the negligence of previous governments with regard to ensuring that the care provided for unmarried mothers was appropriate and that they and their children were not mistreated or discriminated against, resulting in many women suffering traumatising pre and post-natal experiences, and children being denied contact with their birth parents; and calls on the Government to apologise in order to go some way toward helping the parents and children who were victims of these practices.”
[You may then wish to include a statement as to your personal interest in this matter whether it concerns yourself, a friend, a relative etc. The following is an example written by one of our members.
“I am the birth mother of a son born in 1966. I was pressured to place my son for adoption against my wishes when he was 2 months old. My son’s adoption when I was 18 blighted my life and led me to all kinds of problems – depression, addiction etc. which I have had to overcome. Although I have now found my son, I still experience grief for 25 lost years of our lives. A reunion does not change this.”]
I am a supporter of the Movement for an Adoption Apology; please see http://www.movementforanadoptionapology.org for further information.
I would very much appreciate your support in this matter. The apology in the Australian Parliament in March 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hVbokTpYeg, and the apology of the Irish Government to the women incarcerated in the Magdalene Laundries http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21510281, has made me realise how relevant and important apologies are in the process of forgiveness and healing.