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Catholic Charities, Franciscan Sisters, and the ‘Yardville Babies’

The year is 1965. Sometime in October. Somewhere in New Jersey. The hallways of this house are institutionalized–an odd mixture of warmth and coldness. Baby cribs can be seen in the various rooms. Nurse attendants, religious sisters by the way they dress, can be seen in their relevant activities and assignments. One sister in particular, takes an infant from its mother’s arms and smiles. The young mother holds an air of confusion and pensive concern. With regret and sadness, she slowly removes her hospital gown with her eyes on the child.

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