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Following last week's diplomatically embarrassing -- and for the child in question, no doubt traumatizing -- fiasco involving a 7-year-old Russian boy whose adoptive American mom returned him to Moscow alone a year after bringing him to the States (continued).

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Eight of the 10 Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping have been sent packing by a Haitian judge, who said he had not finished questioning the group's leader and nanny. The judge said that parents of children taken by the missionaries made statements in their defense, AP reports.

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Indeed it is too soon, says actress Angelina Jolie, who has three adopted children, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. In the wake of allegations of child kidnapping and fears of child trafficking in Haiti, Jolie has come out to make the very uncontroversial assertion that "an emergency is not the time for new adoptions."

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Even in the midst of a terrible natural disaster, spiriting away a busload of kids -- with vague plans to worry about the "paperwork" later -- is no act of charity.

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Would any pregnant woman want American viewing audiences to decide whether she should keep or abort her baby? Luckily, even the producers of the new Web-based show "Bump" know that that kind of programming wouldn't fly, but they did go so far as to dramatize that idea by using actors in various prenatal scenarios to stage their stories for an online voting audience.

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One of the right wing's most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption -- but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

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A pair of gay flamingos with a yen for parenthood have adopted an abandoned baby chick at a nature preserve in Britain. Homosexuality is not uncommon among flamingos, and males are able to produce a type of milk for chicks. Fernando and Carlos have been mates for six years.

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