Donor kids must not be forgotten

first_imgMelinda Tankard Reist – Herald Sun 31 Mar 2013When Lau­ren Burns lis­tened to the Prime Min­is­ter’s na­tional apol­ogy to those who suf­fered forcible adop­tion, she wanted to ask: what about me? It wasn’t that the 29-year-old Mel­bourne woman didn’t find the speech mov­ing. She be­lieves the moth­ers and chil­dren so cru­elly sep­a­rated de­served the apol­ogy.But she, and so many like her, felt left out. Lau­ren is one of thou­sands of chil­dren (ex­act fig­ures are not known — in the be­gin­ning records weren’t kept) born as the re­sult of donor sperm or eggs, who be­lieve they too have been de­nied an op­por­tu­nity to know their bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents.It was these words which most af­fected her: ‘‘To each of you who were . . . de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to grow up with your fam­ily and com­mu­nity of ori­gin, we say sorry. We ac­knowl­edge that many of you still ex­pe­ri­ence a con­stant strug­gle with iden­tity, un­cer­tainty and loss and feel a per­sis­tent ten­sion be­tween loy­alty to one fam­ily and yearn­ing for an­other.’’‘‘I found it in­cred­i­ble that the Govern­ment was apol­o­gis­ing to adopted peo­ple for the very things that are still hap­pen­ing via donor con­cep­tion and sur­ro­gacy,’’ Lau­ren says. ‘‘It was frus­trat­ing that al­most no­body ex­cept us could see that by sim­ply in­sert­ing ‘donor con­cep­tion’ for ‘adop­tion’, the PM could have been speak­ing to us. She promised no gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralians would suf­fer the same pain and trauma they did. But it’s not true.’’ read more

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3-star wideout Ishmael verbally commits to Syracuse, pads impressive group of receivers

first_img Published on February 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Three-star wide receiver Steve Ishmael verbally committed to Syracuse on Tuesday, he confirmed in a text message to The Daily Orange.Ishmael, from North Miami Beach (Fla.) High School, also had offers from Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, Illinois, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia.“I chose Syracuse because my relationship with Coach McDonald and Shafer is right,” Ishmael said Tuesday night.The receiver also said that the chance to play with good friend Alin Edouard — a three-star quarterback commit from the Miami (Fla.) area — led him to choose SU. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver had 63 catches for 978 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior season in North Miami Beach, according to is placeholder textIshmael visited the Orange on the weekend of Jan. 17 and attended SU’s basketball game against Pittsburgh. After his visit, he called Syracuse his “No. 1.” He had also visited the Bearcats, Fighting Illini and Cardinals, according to becomes the 23rd member of the Class of 2014 and the third wide receiver. He is ranked as the 86th-best wideout in the Class of 2014 and joins a group of impressive offensive weapons. K.J. Williams is a four-star wide receiver — SU’s first four-star commit since Ashton Broyld and Ron Thompson two years ago — and is the highest rated recruit in the class. He chose the Orange after narrowing his decision to Syracuse and Michigan. Corey Cooper is a three-star receiver who took a prep year at Jireh (Matthews, N.C.) Prep before enrolling this spring.The trio of wideouts are joined by a pair of big-target tight ends. 6-foot-6, 225-pound Jamal Custis, who was originally recruited as a receiver on Scout, has a listed 40-yard dash time of 4.37. 6-foot-4, 215-pound Adley Enoicy, who committed to the Orange on Sunday, is also listed as a tight end and received offers from Auburn, Miami (Fla.), Florida and Florida State, among other top schools. Wednesday is National signing day and these players, as well as the rest of SU’s verbal commitments, are expected to sign their letters of intent. Commentslast_img read more

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