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The fallout from Madonna's aborted adoption attempt not only continues, it grows. The weekend after a Malawi judge tossed Madonna's second adoption out on a technicality, newspaper and Internet commentators couldn't stop talking about it.

The clearest split in opinion seems to come between commentators and commenters on their work, with most columnists arguing Madonna should be allowed to adopt, and most commenters on their work implying that her on stage antics make her guardianship somehow more dangerous than growing up in Malawi. (For reference: The first child Madonna adopted was one of three children being raised by a ten year old girl with HIV. He himself was suffering from pneumonia after already having survived malaria. Malaria.)

Save the Children argues that adoption isn't the answer--more humanitarian aid and guardianship by extended family is. The extended family of the child Madonna just tried to adopt disagrees.

Even the judge herself seems conflicted, writing in her ruling that, "There is a gripping temptation to throw caution to the wind and grant an adoption in the hope that there will be a difference in the life of even just one child." But in the end, she determined that letting Madonna avoid the residency requirement, would set a precedent that "could actually facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals."

Madonna's attorneys plan to appeal the ruling.



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