Relinquished By Gretchen Sisson

  • Narrated by: Angel Pean, Emily Norman, Katie Koster, Kimberly M. Wetherell, Si Chen, Renata Friedman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Release date: 02-27-24

Relinquished By Gretchen Sisson AudioBook summary

“Sisson vividly renders a world where children are treated like consumer products and shifted around “for the benefit of others’ family-making desires and a lucrative industry.” She also dares to imagine a different world where Americans treat adoption like the justice issue it is.”—Washington Post

“Impressively reported…[Sisson] uses her deep well of knowledge to make the case that adoption is no solution for Americans’ reduced access to abortion.”—San Francisco Chronicle

A powerful decade-long study of adoption in the age of Roe, revealing the grief of the American mothers for whom the choice to parent was never real

Adoption has always been viewed as a beloved institution for building families, as well as a mutually agreeable common ground in the abortion debate, but little attention has been paid to the lives of mothers who relinquish infants for private adoption. Relinquished reveals adoption to be a path of constrained choice for those for whom abortion is inaccessible, or for whom parenthood is untenable. The stories of relinquishing mothers are stories about our country’s refusal to care for families at the most basic level, and to instead embrace an individual, private solution to a large-scale, social problem.

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