Kiley Crossland

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

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Federal judge: Backpage not liable for ads pimping children

Human Trafficking
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/27/15, 03:00 pm

A Massachusetts federal judge has ruled in favor of Backpage.com, a classifieds website accused of hosting ads for pimps who sexually traffic children. The suit, filed in October 2014 on behalf of three women sold for sex as children, claims the site knowingly supports, facilitates, and benefits from child sex trafficking in the United States.

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Gates Foundation pushes permanent contraception

Family
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/20/15, 12:38 pm

An Oregon gynecologist is developing a nonsurgical method of permanent contraception with a $5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The foundation claims the grant, awarded late last year, will be used to assist women who have reached their desired family size and no longer wish to have children. But critics argue the Gates-funded project is a continuation of the foundation’s unbalanced focus on contraception and sterilization in the developing world. 

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Pew study: Highly educated women are having more children

Family
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/13/15, 02:00 pm

More highly educated women are becoming mothers, according to a Pew Research Study released last week. 

Today, only 22 percent of women ages 40 to 44 with a master’s degree or higher are childless, down from 30 percent in 1994. The jump is especially significant for female physicians or those holding other doctorates—35 percent were childless in 1994 compared to 20 percent today.  

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