The State Department says it "deeply regrets" the passage of a law in Russia ending adoptions of Russian children by American families and restricting Russian civil society groups that work with American partners. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who signed the law Friday, described it as an "appropriate response" to U.S. legislation that imposes visa bans on Russians accused of gross human rights violations. The Russians seem to be upping the ante, however, and orphans are caught in the middle.
The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money.
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