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Complainant Name:
Ms Thema Davis

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Ms Thema Davis of Birmingham complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported on her reasons for considering adoption, omitting reference to the fact that she suffered from a disability that would make natural childbirth extremely difficult.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper wrote a private letter to Ms Davis, and printed the following clarification and apology:

Pregnancy and adoption:

On November 5, 2008, we reported on women who had made the choice to adopt rather than give birth naturally.

We have been asked to clarify a number of details by those featured in the article, who are concerned that it created the impression they rated their careers and figures more highly than having children.

Katharine Parker has indicated that adoption did not have a catastrophic effect on her marriage, as stated. She has also asked us to make clear that she was told by her GP that she is unable to conceive naturally, but that she was eligible to apply for IVF.

She did not choose adoption to protect her figure or her work.

Our article did not explain that Thema Davis suffers from a disability that would make having children naturally extremely difficult. She did not think of pregnancy as ‘hell’ and it had nothing to do with her hip size.

She has also pointed out that she had looked into adoption with her mother, and not her boyfriend, who she had only been seeing for three weeks at that time.

Lisa Beard-Rogers has asked us to point out that her views on adoption and pregnancy had nothing to do with her figure or her career, and she and her husband are considering natural childbirth.

Edwina Langley points out that she always wanted to become a mother and that neither her figure nor her career played any part in her decision.

She adopted because she was not involved in a relationship and because, as an education social worker, she knew that many children from very difficult backgrounds were crying out for adoption.

We are happy to clarify these matters and apologise for any distress caused to those featured.

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