Montreal Gazette tells story of Utah birth mother reunited with daughter after 60 years

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    Feb. 16, 2018 3:12 p.m.

    Here's a clarification: The Montreal Gazette article uses the phrase "decided to give her baby up for adoption." This Deseret News article uses the "placed for adoption" phrase, at least as it appears today (2/16). It's unclear if Sydney Jorgensen used the phrase in question at first and has since edited it.
    But here's a point: the Gazette article is reporting in language that reflects the deep feelings of the mother at the time of the adoption. In that setting, "give her baby up for adoption" is appropriate.

  • KitKatGirl Indianapolis, IN
    Feb. 14, 2018 10:52 a.m.

    Otter, you are so right! My son was born August 6, 1977 in Escanaba, Michigan to his biological mother. He was placed in my home with my husband October 11, 1977. We are grateful everyday for the sacrifice of that fine young woman. My son would like to connect with his biological mother sometime to thank her for letting him have my husband & I as his parents. There's that LDS contemporary song that goes something like this, "...from God's hands, to my hands, to yours...." That's how I feel about adoption, that its ideally a placement, not a taking & I hope that is how it was for my son's biological mother.

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Feb. 13, 2018 12:28 p.m.

    I an adoption to a child should be much sweeter, kinder and loving. At least that is the way I see it - it's more tender.

  • theOtter Cincinnati, OH
    Feb. 13, 2018 7:12 a.m.

    Awesome story, but please don’t use the term “gave up for adoption.” Phrases like this only fuel the fire of the many (somewhat militant) anti-adoption organizations out there. I know it sounds trite, but in its purest, most beautiful form, adoption isn’t about giving a child up; it’s about giving him or her *more*.

    Could you please change the phrase to “placed for adoption”? It’s a much more appropriate description for this incomparable blessing.