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January 4th, 2013
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Russian adoption ban
The Heartbreak in Russia’s Adoption Ban

Re “Putin Signs Bill That Bars U.S. Adoptions, Upending Families” (front page, Dec. 28):

Many facets of international adoptions are debatable, but one is not. Stopping nearly complete adoptions is cruel. To let human bonds form and then destroy them shows a level of callousness uncommon even for politicians.

When an American adoptive mother sent her child back to Russia with a note saying she was abandoning him, Russians were rightly outraged. Treating children as objects is offensive. Treating them as political pawns is no less so.

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