She have once been the biggest-selling female pop artist, but, these days, Madonna is raking in more headlines for her adoption crusade than her music.
A Malawian high court ruled earlier Friday that Madonna would not be allowed to adopt a second child, Mercy James, from the country. Judge Esme Chombo said the pop star shouldn't be allowed to bypass residency rules, as she did when she adopted David Banda, requiring that prospective parents spend significant time in Malawi.
Madonna has appealed a court ruling preventing her from adopting a 4-year-old girl from Malawi, her lawyer said on Friday. She officially adopted David, 3, last year after taking him out of the country in 2006. She also has two natural children, Lourdes, 12, and Rocco, 8. The Human Rights Consultative Committee, a nongovernmental organization, has also accused Madonna of using her celebrity status to circumvent Malawi law to bring Mercy home faster than the traditional process allows, saying that the children should be kept within their communities.