Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Abortion expansion in New York

New York | Abortion proponents celebrate new law, but a Catholic church tolls its bells in mourning
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/23/19, 03:29 pm

New York, with a newly empowered Democratic legislature, legalized late-term abortion on Tuesday and removed criminal penalties for botched abortions or other violence that leads to an in utero baby’s death. The sweeping law would remove the state’s ability to prosecute a Kermit Gosnell–type offender or a person who kills a child in utero through domestic abuse, for example.

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The richest man in town

New York | A beloved bookstore announces its closure, then gets an It’s a Wonderful Life ending
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/22/19, 03:37 pm

A New York moment: 

Last week a longtime used book store on the Upper West Side, Westsider Books, announced it was closing. Locals were heartbroken: another cherished shop driven out by rising rents. You might have seen the bookstore at some point on the big screen. The narrow, dusty shop has appeared in movies like 2018’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? and 2017’s Wonderstruck.

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‘The love is here’

Effective Compassion | In Brooklyn, a church without much money gives addicts a rare welcome mat
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/17/19, 01:55 pm

In our coverage of the drug crisis over the last few years, we’ve asked ourselves regularly: Where are churches? Why are there so few Christian resources for a crisis that is killing 72,000 Americans a year? Kristen Gunn, a woman I interviewed last year who had become dependent on benzodiazepines, told me her church was “the hardest place to talk about any of this.”

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