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A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.
Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.
And we thought eugenics were a thing of the past? It hardly ever makes news in Europe but refugee and migrant women are disproportionately affected by similar Social Services involvement regularly. I have spoken with many Women of Color (who will not speak on record for fear of retaliation) who have mentioned similar vigilantism going on in The Netherlands. It usually starts with Dutch neighbors “notifying” Social Services that there is an “unfit” mother (cultural differences can be perceived as signs of “bad motherhood” over here) and it escalates to full blown investigations that go as far as monitoring what children are fed (“ethnic” foods being subjected to special scrutiny under the guise of “nutrition value”). The women I’ve spoken to have mentioned situations like this with family members, friends, acquaintances, etc. It’s one of the reasons communities are kept tight, as usually positive outcomes depend on strong collective reactions to the injustice.
The case involving the Italian woman in the article is extremely unfortunate but I very strongly suspect it’s not as isolated as the news make it appear. The only difference is that when it happens to Women of Color it remains unreported because of victim’s fear and the normalization of violence.
LOL, only white bio spawn are gullible enough to frame eugenics as a thing of the past.
This particularly ableist incarnation of the white savior industrial complex forcibly taking “orphans” from our birth mothers is exactly what class bastards and adoptees have been saying for decades (of course the masses don’t listen to us as they’re busy demanding why we aren’t “grateful”…)
Who actually goes into this system as a small child? Who has to survive growing up in this system while enduring incessant accusations that our birth mothers were mentally unfit&/whores? Who gets warehoused into foster care at historically unprecedented rates? Who gets kidnapped by the police when they arrest our mothers for the “crime” of being poor? Who gets put in white Christian households if we meet some bullshit Eurocentric standards of physical appearance? No fucking shit isn’t an isolated incident.
You don’t need a sea change in news media to gain an accurate perspective on this epidemic — all you need is to stop the silencing of those who survive it.
John Elder Robison, "I resign my roles at Autism Speaks"
Robison was the only openly autistic person among 37 people on the Autism Speaks Scientific Advisory Board and the only openly autistic person among 19 people on the Autism Speaks Treatment Advisory Board. Zero members of the AS Board of Directors, most senior executive staff, or Government Relations Team are openly autistic.
And now, after three years, Robison has resigned as well.
According to that article, they didn't have the correct documentation for her and they reportedly had her begging, right? I realize that they wouldn't have figured it out if she wasn't a little white girl, but it doesn't seem like she was in healthy conditions. I'm not sure I'm understanding your post, are you saying they didn't take that kid? Or are you just pointing out that they only noticed because she was white?
OK but srsly since your cluelessness isn’t hostile, I suppose I’ll take the time to answer (i.e., repost the content I’ve already blogged, JFC)
Just a smattering of facts about the history of adoption no one knows/is willing to face is sufficient to educate most sentient beings, so here’s a handy dandy timeline: everything from the official expulsion of ALL Roma from the domain of the Church in 1568 to the systematic kidnapping and dilution of bloodlines of Romani children forced to work as farm laborers, mass incarcerated in state ‘orphanages’ in the hundreds of thousands.
Fun fact: the ethnocidal agenda against the Roma actually set modern adoption industry standards by falsifying records of proceedings so birth parents can never find where their children are placed! Under the auspices of the Catholic church, children were mass abducted from their living, breathing families — Romani parents who opposed this were declared “insane” and locked up in mental institutions. This continued til the fucking 1970s, and TO THIS DAY the spearheading organization still refuses Romani adoptees access to any of their records that would help them find birth families.
It doesn’t seem you know anything about transracial/ethnic adoption and antiziganism, so do some reading (as referenced & even hyperlinked before, Tobias Hübinette’s an excellent place to start).
Clearly you’re not aware of the centuries of racist propaganda of Christian children “kidnapped and sacrificed for ritual murdering” by Roma or Jews. You’re not aware these completely bullshit rumors provided a convenient excuse for white supremacist massacres, pogroms, and persecution.
And I say ‘completely bullshit’ bc guess what: we’ve seen all this before. 2008 an Italian Roma community was accused of kidnapping a white baby, which ignited rampant police brutality against not just the community but Roma people all over the country. Surprise surprise? The accusation turned out to be false.
Do Roma children biological or adopted grow up in the best of conditions? Of course not, white supremacists have seen fit to reduce them to begging and exile while systematically stealing generations upon generations and wiping out their culture.
But if your overriding concern’s still blondie being ‘better off’ outside her Roma community, then score one more sucker for the White Savior Industrial Complex.
p.s. They are illegally registering Romani children to this day even in countries as “progressive” (LOL) as Sweden. Also this day: when Romani mothers are arrested for begging, European police frequently take the healthiest among their children and place them for adoption with white Christian families.
History matters. You’re welcome.
speaking of sweden as the “worlds most democratic country” is fucking hilarious since they still register people based on ethnicity (including minors and 2 year olds as seen in the link above). after WW2, sweden set out to “save” people from the camps. know what they did? picked up swedes, danes and norweigans, even after the official document was changed to allow them pick up jews, poles, etc. then they dumped the jews and the poles and other unwanted people while rescuing the ethnic “pures”. they had a eugenics institute up until the 60s where they measures skulls and shit. democracy my ass.
though I would clarify that Sweden’s institutionalized eugenics (if not the infamous institute itself) continued up til early 2013, with the forcible sterilization of trans* people in an intersection of transphobia with the longstanding habit of sterilizing the mentally “unfit.”
#where is your scandiphilia now
Destroying the “It’s just science! You’re being too PC!” defense of that racist dissertation claiming that “Hispanics” genetically have lower IQ
That awkward moment where the “Intelligence Quotient” Westerners still use to this day was actually created by violent eugenicists to identify and justify the “cleansing” of “low grade” members of society
(Binet’s intelligence testing comprised a scale, not a single score, which Binet condemned as “brutal” and “deplorable” bunk, also the purpose was to aid in finding children who needed special education, NOT to reduce people to a number, much less endorse genocide)
People with low IQ scores were forcibly sterilized in Nazi Germany to guard the genetic pool of the “Fatherland.” In the U.S., a whopping thirty states passed legislation to wipe out the “degenerates” and “retards” who scored poorly on the IQ test, forcibly sterilizing people in the thousands. Sweden, the Nordic country typically branded as the most “peaceful” and “progressive” nation on earth, instituted similar programs wherein the rampant ableism and racism especially intersected with transphobia, forcibly sterilizing trans* people UP TO JANUARY 2013. —brandx
When Romani mothers are arrested for begging, European police frequently take the healthiest among their children and place them for adoption with white Christian families.
Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory,perception and sanity. Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.
Sometimes it is as literally as simple as telling someone that they’re crazy.
I didn’t like it when adults would walk in on me dressing or taking a shower. I would yell, and my adopted family told me I was crazy. Also, I cried a lot, expressed myself in “gender nonconforming” ways, and didn’t like talking to people. I got called crazy so often I believed something was really wrong with me.
The gaslighting and ableism to trans and queer adoptees especially who do not conform to adoptive families’ cissexist and heteronormative fantasies is horrific.
My adoptive mother (an anti-social narcissist) is always gaslighting my sisters and I. For her, gaslighting involves not just telling us, with certainty, what “actually” happened, but what we think and feel. If I say I need to go to the doctor, I’m not really sick. If I say I don’t want to be in a relationship, I’m told that I really do; I was in one before. If I were to tell her I wasn’t a girl, she would tell me I really was, I’m making it up. It’s horrible and pervasive, and it took me my whole life to figure out that I’m allowed to have an opinion on how I feel and who I am.
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