Playing Butterbox Babies (the movie)

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[From:  Sulivan Home Entertainment ]

"Butterbox Babies” is the shocking true story of Lila and William Young, owners of the Ideal Maternity Home for unwed mothers. Resented by the medical community, the Home falls under public scrutiny when a routine delivery of an infant results in the mysterious deaths of two patients. Soon, the Youngs are burying dead babies in butterboxes and selling healthy ones to childless couples. This is Canada’s highest-rated television movie ever and the Winner of the 1996 Gemini for Best Dramatic Movie.

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then and now

Ever since I learned about the Butterbox Babies this case has intrigued me. In so many ways this case exemplifies what has been happening in adoption over the last century and a half. There are many facinating parallels between what happened at the Ideal Maternity Home and what happened in later years.

The fact Youngs could get away with so much despite investigations is a theme that returns over and over. All through the 1970's and 1980's Seymour Kurtz was being investigated, Journalist ran many stories about his practices and even two congressional hearings paid attention to it. Despite all the attention he never got caught.

In Utah things have even gotten worse, because investigations are not even carried out and if they are, judges usually side with the adoption practitioners no matter how corrupt their business is.

And then we of course have inter-country adoption, a phenomenon already present in the Buttebox Baby case, and which has only grown over the years. Not a single country has ever done inter-country adoption without running into serious corruption and unethical practices.

So in the 80 years that have passed since the Butterbox Baby case emerged not much has changed, other than the fact that men no longer wear hats.

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