Hospital apologises for forced adoptions

Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital has apologised for forcing unwed mothers to give up their children for adoption until the mid-1970s.

The apology came in a Senate inquiry into the forced adoption practice, which will report its findings next month.

Between the 1940s and 1970s there were about 45,000 adoptions in the state and it is estimated about 5,000 unmarried mothers at the RWH were told to give up their children — via

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