her decision to adopt a baby from Africa on Tuesday,
saying she wanted to help one child escape poverty and had
followed the law "like anyone else".
The U.S. pop star
and her film director husband, Guy Ritchie, have been
criticized by some adoption charities for seeking to adopt a
baby from Malawi. One-year-old baby David Banda was
flown to London by Madonna's staff overnight.
that there were over 1 million orphans in Malawi, it
was my wish to open up our home and help one child escape an
extreme life of hardship, poverty, and in many cases
death, as well as expand our family," the singer said
in an open letter distributed by her publicist.
Madonna said she
would follow a standard procedure that requires an
18-month evaluation process before the adoption becomes
"We have gone
about the adoption procedure according to the law like
anyone else who adopts a child. Reports to the contrary are
totally inaccurate," she said. (Reuters)