initiated the adoption of a Malawian boy, she was ''saving a
life,'' the singer told David Letterman on Thursday, as she
called for increased adoption from the African nation.
''There's over a
million orphans in Malawi, and in my opinion the laws
need to change because these children need to be rescued,''
the Material Mom said on CBS's Late Show.
Madonna, 48, said
she had been warned that pursuing an adoption from the
country could be difficult.
worker...said, 'Good luck. You're going to be making it
up as you go along,' '' the pop star recalled. ''She
didn't say don't do it, but she just said expect
challenges, and, boy, did we get them.''
Madonna and her
husband, movie director Guy Ritchie, 38, have been
allowed to take 1-year-old David Banda to their home in
London. She has two other children: Lourdes, 9, and
surrendered his son to an orphanage after his wife died last
year. The couple's two other sons died in infancy from
malaria. Banda has said he wants David to stay with
Madonna and Ritchie.
groups in Malawi have said they are concerned the government
cut legal corners to fast-track the adoption, and they want
adoption laws there clarified. A November court ruling
allowed a coalition of rights groups to monitor the
On the show
Thursday, Letterman voiced support for the adoption.
''I found it a
little upsetting that there was such a tumult and furor
over this when in fact the net result was here we have a
human being that now has a life,'' he said. (AP)