I've been anxiously awaiting SCOTUS's opinions on Prop 8 and DOMA, but I've also been waiting for their ruling on the Baby Veronica case. The opinion is out, and the justices ruled in favor of the adoptive parents. What do you think about their decision?
You can read the details about the case in the opinion or click here for the condensed, Wikipedia version.
Updated: Monday, July 1
Thank you to everyone who chose to share your thoughts on this case. I tend to agree with most of you: this was a disaster from the get-go. As a result, no one comes out of this a winner: not the birth father, not the adoptive parents, and certainly not the child. Unfortunately, this isn't "over." Though the Supreme Court sided with the adoptive parents, they effectively sent the case back down to the lower court. It's unknown when a final decision may be reached in the case or what will happen to Baby Veronica.
What is known is that this case highlights some of the issues with adoption. The loopholes. The inconsistencies. Adoption law has come a long way over the last several decades, but there is still work to be done. Progress has been made in protecting the adoptive families in some cases and birth families in others. But progress is still needed to protect the most important part of the "triad:" the children. I hope that, no matter the ultimate outcome of this case, Baby Veronica gets the mental and emotional support she needs to cope with what's happened to her, and that we learn from this case and work to prevent others like it in the future.