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New Russian bill hits home for mother of two

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Updated: 12/29/2012 9:59 pm
For Merinda Condra there is no question, she is a mother. But a new bill singed by Russian President Vladimir Putin will now stop others from doing the same.

"This has nothing to do with the children, and that is the more frustrating part," Condra said.

Condra's two daughters are adopted, both are from russia.

"There are so many children like them there right now, and to know they will never get out," Condra said. "It is just heard breaking."

She said Russian adoption is not like adoption in the United States. It is un common and looked down upon.

"Even the slightest problem with a child will deny them from ever being adopted," Condra said.

She said under the new law both of her daughters would be left in adoption homes. Condra's youngest daughter Elle had trouble with her ears. Condra said in a Russian orphanage the lack of capacity would have left her to lose all hearing.

And for her older daughter Emma, Condra said she was missing the light in her eyes.

"Watching her get a light in her eyes that every child should have, it was the most amazing thing I have seen or will ever seen," Condra said. "And to know that so many children will never get that light in their eyes that's not god's plan. It can't be."

Condra said she hopes this ban will be lifted.

"There are hundreds of thousands of orphans in russia right now, and a big door has just closed on their future."

Over the past two decades more than 60,000 children have been adopted by Americans.
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