Episode 206: The Hicks Clinic

This week, Hailee talks about the Hicks Clinic, a small, community clinic in McCaysville, GA where a doctor sold over 200 babies and performed illegal abortions, sometimes against the will of the mother, in the 50s and 60s. 


A History Not Yet Laid to Rest – The Atlantic

How Many Babies Did Thomas Hicks Put Up for Adoption? – heavy.

‘Hicks Baby’ Adoptee Sold by Georgia Doctor 50 Years Ago Reunites With Birth Mother, Brother – ABC News

‘Black market baby’ meets biological father in Gallatin – Gallatin News

Black Market Babies Reunited After More Than 50 Years – New York Post

ReproductiveRights.org – World Abortion Laws

What If Roe Fell? Interactive US Map from Reproductive Rights

Abortion Access – Planned Parenthood

Recommended Media


  • Taken at Birth – TLC docuseries, available on Discovery+



  • Taken at Birth by Jane Blasio
  • American baby: a mother, a child, and the shadow history of adoption by Gabrielle Glaser
  • Booth Girls: pregnancy, adoption, and the secrets we kept by Kim Heikkila
  • The girls who went away: the hidden history of women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler
  • Before and After: the Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate


  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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