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    Sunday, June 25, 2006

    Sad cullture of sad people and missing babies


    When abortion was legalized in 1973, Catholic Charities of Boston saw the number of babies put up for adoption plummet, and its caseload fell from about 500 to 50 children a year. The agency changed its focus to finding homes for older foster children.

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    ``That turned the whole thing around," said Bishop Francis X. Irwin, who joined Catholic Charities in 1968 and became its director in the mid-1980s.
    Irwin said other social trends contributed to the drastic reduction of adoptions , including the greater availability of birth control and the women's movement, which led to women bearing fewer children.

    A pregnant woman also had new options, he said. ``If they were going to have a child, they'd keep the child. It became more accepted," he said.

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