The adoption process in Pennsylvania is being scrutinized for potential updates, but one bill that could halve the time birth mothers have to decide against adoption has been particularly controversial.
By Elizabeth Lepro and Lauren Rosenblatt | PublicSource | July 7, 2016
When Priscilla Sharp gave birth to her daughter, she was startled when the baby was put in her arms.
Moments after the nurse handed her the child by accident, a nun came by to carry the baby girl away.
“I had no choice. I had no home, I had no job, I had no money.”
Sharp, now a 71-year-old blogger living in State College, had chosen to put her baby up for adoption in 1964 and was not permitted to see the child. Sharp said she’s held on to the pain of that moment for 50 years.
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