The Spanish nation has been shaken by allegations of the theft and trafficking of thousands of babies. From as early as the 1930s to as late as 1990, thousands of mothers in Spain were told just after they had given birth that their newborns had died.
But most of the babies hadn’t died, according to a new documentary from the BBC, but were instead taken by doctors, nurses and priests to be given or sold to other families.
The Daily Mail reports that as many as 300,000 babies could have been stolen over fifty years.
Fifty Years Of Stealing Babies From Parents Deemed “Undesirable”
The practice of removing children from parents deemed “undesirable” and placing them with “approved” families, began in the 1930s under the dictator General Francisco Franco.
At that time, the motivation may have been ideological. But years later, babies began to be taken from parents considered morally or economically deficient. It was also clearly a money-spinner.
The scandal is closely linked to the Catholic Church, which under Franco assumed a prominent role in Spain’s social services including hospitals, schools and children’s homes. Nuns and priests compiled waiting lists of would-be adoptive parents, while doctors were said to have lied to mothers about the fate of their children.
In 1971, Manoli Pagador Gave Birth To Healthy Boy Who Suddenly “Died”
Take the case of Manoli Pagador, as reported by BBC News:
In 1971 Manoli, who was 23 at the time and not long married, gave birth to what she was told was a healthy baby boy, but he was immediately taken away for what were called routine tests.
Nine interminable hours passed. “Then, a nun, who was also a nurse, coldly informed me that my baby had died,” she says.
They would not let her have her son’s body, nor would they tell her when the funeral would be.
Did she not think to question the hospital staff?
“Doctors, nuns?” she says, almost in horror. “I couldn’t accuse them of lying. This was Franco’s Spain. A dictatorship. Even now we Spaniards tend not to question authority.”
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