Adoption is not about not wanting a child. It is everything about wanting the best for a child to whom you cannot offer the best. It is a selfless realization that, while the baby is on its way, the parent is not in a position yet to be a parent. It is, beyond question, the most difficult choice a birth mother could ever make.
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a `fallen woman' and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and `sold' to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising `Never to Seek to Know' what the Church did with him, she never saw him again. She would spend...