The past is foreign country, they do things differently there
At the time people really believed they were doing the best for both mother and baby. Moral values were different and there was little state help for parents at any level, married or not.
While women and children live who suffered under this system, I do think there is a place for governments to acknowledge the suffering of people under this system.
I sometimes wonder what we are doing now, which we think is kind and caring and the best way to help people in some unknown situation that we, in 50 years time will be condemned for, as being cruel and uncaring by the standards in place in 50 years time.