Ethics in Adoption: Dr. Jane Aronson, the “Orphan Doctor”
4. Aronson herself has participated in adoption fraud. In order to adopt from Ethiopia, Aronson fraudulently represented herself as heterosexual, aided by her agency. Whether or not one agrees with the Ethiopian guidelines that disallow adoption by gay and lesbian individuals and couples (I personally think it’s rubbish), the fact is that the openly gay Aronson perpetrated fraud in her Ethiopian adoption process, and her agency assisted her in doing this, perpetrating fraud as well. When an adoptive parent who has perpetrated fraud then claims that fraud is rare in IA, something just isn’t adding up. My guess is that Aronson is taking a view that “the end justifies the means” when it comes to fraud in IA, and discrediting examples of fraud, corruption, and trafficking as long as the child ends up in a “good home.”
5. Guatemala. Vietnam. Ethiopia. There are so many documented cases of trafficking, corruption, and fraud in these countries that to claim they are “rare” is either ignorance or flat out lies. I don’t believe that Aronson is ignorant. Anyone who has been as intimately involved in IA as she has as a physician, philanthropist, and adoptive parent cannot claim ignorance. There’s just too much evidence. It’s more a matter of choosing to believe it or not.
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I remember when I was in Ghana one of the other volunteers was an adoptive parent, and she had also