I wanted to share this with readers, regarding the infamous 1956 quote by Dr. Marion Hilliard of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. This quote speaks volumes about many issues: babies being ripped away from single mothers as “punishment,” unwed pregnancy being a “misdemeanor,” “discipline in the home” being seen as the “solution” … and even why unwed fathers were forceably exiled from their children’s lives, even if they wanted to marry the mother. I have typed out the quote and included a scan of the original as well.
” ‘The father plays absolutely no part in this. That is part of her rehabilitation.
” When she renounces her child for its own good, the unwed mother has learned a lot. She has learned an important human value. She has learned to pay the price of her misdemeanor, and this alone, if punishment is needed, is punishment enough.’
” Dr Hillard echoes the beliefs of the social workers and the agencies dealing with unwed mothers, though hers have come to her privately. And she, like the other authorities, though refusing to blame the girl’s home, lays the remedy right on its doorstep… ‘We must go back to a primary set of values and the discipline that starts with the very small child,’ says Dr. Hilliard.”
This from the article “Mothers not all unhappy” by Dorothy Howarth, Toronto Telegram, November 22, 1956.
Here is the original, scanned in.
You can order a complete copy of this article from The Toronto Sun (Sun Media Corporation). They copied it off of micro-form and sent me a copy by mail for a minimal fee.
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