Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Hepatitis hearts

Drug Abuse | As the drug crisis kills thousands each year, an uptick in organ donations from addicts who have died
by Emily Belz
Posted 2/06/19, 04:06 pm

A New York moment: 

I had a dinner conversation recently with Dr. Mark Merlin, who oversees much of New Jersey’s emergency medical services. The drug crisis has stretched EMS departments, but Merlin shared one silver lining from the sad crisis: Hospitals have begun using organs from deceased addicts to save lives. The problem, according to Merlin, is making sure the transfer system works. He said many life-saving organs are left on the scene, never to make it to a hospital for transplants.

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A positive step

Legislation | New York rolls back statutes of limitations for child sex abuse, opening the door for accountability
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/30/19, 05:13 pm

A New York moment:

After New York last week passed a law legalizing late-term abortions and removing protections for pregnant women facing violence, the state pivoted to take a positive step on a different issue involving children this week. 

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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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