U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) strongly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement today that he will sign a bill banning Americans families from adopting Russian orphans.
"I am incredibly saddened and outraged that Russia is using orphaned children who desperately need homes, especially the 46 who have already been paired with their adoptive American families, as political pawns," said Blunt.
According to Fox News, "The law would block dozens of Russian children expected to be adopted by American families from leaving the country and cut off one of the main international routes for Russian children to leave often dismal orphanages. Russia is the single biggest source of adopted children in the U.S., with more than 60,000 Russian children being taken in by Americans over the past two decades."
Reuters noted, "If Putin signs it into law, the ban will come into force on January 1, most immediately affecting the fate of children whose adoption is in the works. The placement of 46 children with American families will be cancelled, Astakhov told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday."