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Reuters and AP, CANBERRA

Unwed mothers were pressured, deceived and threatened into giving up their babies from World War II until the early 1970s so they could be adopted by married couples, which was perceived to be in the children’s best interests, the committee report found.

The report found that the federal government had contributed to forced adoption by failing to provide unwed mothers with full welfare benefits.

Adoption rates among unwed mothers were as high as 60 percent in the late 1960s, the report said. The committee could not estimate how many adoptions were forced, but said there were thousands.

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