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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Baby Veronica's Mom Speaks

From Washington Post:

Christy Maldonado lives in Oklahoma. This month she filed a brief urging the Supreme Court of South Carolina to finalize her birth daughter’s adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

In the summer of 2009, I made the most difficult decision of my life: to place my baby, Veronica Rose, with adoptive parents. Many know her as “Baby Girl” or “Baby Veronica” because her adoptive parents and I fought all the way to the Supreme Court for Veronica’s right to be treated like a human being — not property owned by a Native American tribe.

I am Latina and not a member of any tribe. When I became pregnant, I was already a single mother with two children, in a relationship that was on the rocks. I thought hard about my options and decided I could not have an abortion. I was briefly engaged to Veronica’s biological father, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, but our relationship was over by my third trimester.

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Interesting to hear Christy's story, on the good side, the Supreme Court's decision should prevent this from happening in the future. Unfortunately, that comes at the expense of Baby Veronica being placed in the middle of a delicate situation that, as Christy mentioned, has required resiliency on all sides of the issue. Should be interesting to see what the lower court has to say about where Baby Veronica will finally end up.

Posted by: JW | Jul 18, 2013 10:16:00 AM

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