A blind girl in Russia criticizes the adoption ban put in to place by President Vladimir Putin. On Jan. 14, ABC News reported that Natasha Pisarenko wrote a blog post about the new adoption law and expressed her feelings about it. She wrote in the form of a letter to Putin and even posed a challenge to the President. Her medical condition is one of the major reasons why she doesn't approve of the law.
"For Russian doctors, I am a child with an illness of unknown etiology ... but in Germany and America I am a patient whose sight the doctors are trying to restore," Pisarenko explained. She then "called on Putin to adopt five or 10 children with serious congenital disorders."
The blind girl who criticized the adoption ban is now getting international attention. The teen feels as though the new law gives less hope to children in Russian orphanages -- many of whom suffer from disabilities. She believes that many children in Russia die because of "medical inadequacies." These children would have more than a fighting chance if they were adopted.
"Critics say [the new ban] punishes innocent children by denying them a chance of escaping Russia's often-dismal orphanages," ABC News reports. The ban went into effect on Jan. 1 and there has already been at least one protest in which 20,000 people marched through the streets of Moscow.
The blind girl who criticized the adoption ban is worried that her parents will be brought in for questioning. She wrote another blog post over the weekend about the attention she's received about her adoption ban protest. "Probably, I will regret that I wrote what I think," she concluded.
© Effie Orfanides 2013