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The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has made a landmark apology to hundreds of thousands of women who had their babies taken from them after birth. The babies were forcibly removed over several decades from the 1950's to the 1970's and handed to infertile couples to adopt.
The women, mostly in their teens and unmarried, had their signatures forged on consent forms and were drugged in a variety of often illegal methods by hospital and social services staff to get them to give up their babies for adoption. Many never saw their children again. Duncan Kennedy has this disturbing report.