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Our readers wrote letters throughout 1990 expressing their viewpoints on a variety of issues. Here are condensed versions of some of those letters to help us remember the events that mattered to Orange County readers this past year. We would like to thank the readers who took the time to share their viewpoints and look forward to hearing from them and others in 1991. : Horror of Losing an Adopted Child

December 30, 1990

Two days ago a family was told they must give up their 17-month-old son to his birth mother. As a prospective adoptive mom, I can't imagine the horror this child's adoptive parents are going through. I am outraged.

This is an issue that pro-choice and pro-life forces can join together on. It is also an issue on which birth parents and adoptive parents can agree. It is a matter of being pro-family and pro-child.

Families, like my husband and I, who tried for years to have a child are so eager to love and cherish our adopted children. They are no different to us than any biological child. They are our children.

Why, after struggling for so many years and suffering disappointment after disappointment, must we be afraid that a birth mother can, after six months' time (or in this instance 17 months), take our child away from us?

This of the impact on the child. He is being ripped away from his loving parents to go live with someone he doesn't even know.

The issue is not anti-birth parents. We want to tell our children that their birth parents loved them and made a very difficult but loving choice. Loving their children, they should want their child to have the best that life has to offer.

ELLEN LISTON, Trabuco Canyon

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