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.