She was 19 years old, pregnant and unmarried and the world was unforgiving. It was the sixties and Sharon Pederson was literally tossed out in the snow and turned into a domestic slave. She was lectured and demeaned. And when her baby was born, social workers forced her to sign her away. Hundreds of young women were forced to hand over their babies for adoption in Canada. Today in our documentary, we bring you the story of one woman who can't forget.
Part Two of The Current
To be young, single and pregnant can be a terribly stressful time for a woman. These days, most Canadian women have options. Fifty years ago, women were also told they had options. But abortion was a criminal offence and social workers, doctors and the government all believed they knew what was best. And it wasn't for for mother and child to try to make it as a family.
Our producer Kathleen Goldhar heard from a number of mothers who say they were forced to give up their newborns. For years, these women thought they were alone. But they have slowly opened up about their experiences. They want answers and are even asking the federal government for an inquiry into the practices of their social workers and doctors. We aired one of their stories in Kathleen Goldhar's documentary, Motherhood Interrupted.
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And starting tomorrow in the United States, the era of Don't Ask, Don't Tell comes to an end. Gay and lesbian soldiers may serve openly in the American military.
But the legacy of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the official discrimination that preceded it, won't disappear with the stroke of a pen. The Current's Gord Westmacott has produced a documentary called To Serve With Pride about three gay soldiers and their experiences in the U.S. military. We aired an excerpt.
More about the effects of Don't Ask Don't Tell tomorrow on The Current.
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