Emily Belz

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

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The value of the weak

Documentary | Summer in the Forest spotlights the dignity that belongs to every human being
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/15/18, 12:18 pm

Washington Post editor Ruth Marcus recently argued in an op-ed that if she had been pregnant with a Down syndrome baby, she would have aborted the child. “That was not the child I wanted,” Marcus wrote. “You can call me selfish, or worse, but I am in good company. The evidence is clear that most women confronted with the same unhappy alternative would make the same decision.” She’s right that the majority of women, if they learn their baby has Down syndrome, abort.

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Battle over books

Education | How did a book on transgenderism, hormone therapy, and sex change surgery end up on a popular list for elementary school students?
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/15/18, 10:42 am

Robin Prather, a retired children’s librarian in Oregon and a Christian, volunteers at a school library in the district where she used to work. A fellow librarian pointed out a title to her in an upcoming popular reading competition for third- through fifth-graders: George by Alex Gino.

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Prescription for failure

Drug Abuse | Most public funding to fight opioid addiction goes to maintenance drugs instead of long-term residential recovery—and opioid deaths keep increasing
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/15/18, 10:27 am

NEW YORK—If you step onto the Staten Island Ferry, which connects the borough to Manhattan, you’ll see posters all along the walls that proclaim in all caps: “SEE AN OVERDOSE? CALL 911. YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE.” The overdose reversal drug Narcan (generically known as naloxone)—which many first responders now carry as a matter of course—saved 286 lives on the island in 2017.

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