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The Role of Women

From 1968 unmarried women could buy contraceptive pills legally.  For some years afterwards fewer babies were born to unmarried mothers.  Adoption of babies and children by substitute parents fell from 25,000 in 1968 to 5,000 in 2000 1.

1  ‘The Role of Mother and Baby Homes in the Adoption of Children Born Outside Marriage in Twentieth-Century England and Wales’ by Gillian Clark in Family & Community History Vol 11 No 1 (May 2008)