Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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Unlikely allies give New York women a boost

Family | The state’s effort to repeal its surrogacy ban met bipartisan resistance
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/21/19, 04:33 pm

The New York legislative session ended this week without passing a high-profile measure that would have repealed the state’s ban on paid surrogacy contracts, a surprising turn in a bastion of liberal sexual ethics. Even more surprising was the source of the opposition: conservatives and feminists.

The State Senate passed the measure 40-21 on June 11, but a gridlocked Assembly never brought it to a vote despite 11th-hour pressure from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

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Controlled reforms

Society | Critics argue that U.S. Catholic bishops are still trying to solve the sex abuse crisis behind closed doors
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/14/19, 02:50 pm

The leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church grasped for credibility this week, approving a handful of measures intended to set a new course toward accountability amid a crisis of sexual abuse in the church.

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New York ends religious exemption for vaccines

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/14/19, 11:29 am

New York eliminated an religious exemption to the state’s vaccination requirements for schoolchildren on Thursday amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. The Democratic-majority state Senate and Assembly voted to repeal the exemption, which allowed parents who enroll their children in schools to cite religious beliefs as their motivation for not vaccinating. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the bill into law just minutes after the final vote.

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