“Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were
stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five
decades, a new investigation reveals.
children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses,
priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General
Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.
of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now
battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.
Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.
But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial.
…The BBC programme shows photographs taken in the Eighties of a dead baby kept in a freezer, allegedly to show grieving mothers.
reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs
and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate
Journalist Katya Adler, who has investigated the scandal, says: ‘The situation is incredibly sad for thousands of people.
are men and women across Spain whose lives have been turned upside-down
by discovering the people they thought were their parents actually
bought them for cash. There are also many mothers who have maintained
for years that their babies did not die – and were labelled “hysterical”
– but are now discovering that their child has probably been alive and
brought up by somebody else all this time.’
The BBC documentary features an
interview with an 89-year-old woman named Ines Perez, who admitted that a
priest encouraged her to fake a pregnancy so she could be given a baby
girl due to be born at Madrid’s San Ramon clinic in 1969. ‘The priest
gave me padding to wear on my stomach,’ she says…“
And…”Head of church in England and Wales apologizes in documentary about
women who were pressured into handing over their babies in the 50s, 60s