Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Greenville University graduate who previously worked for the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. Mary resides with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. Follow her on Twitter @mbjackson77.

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Conservative states ready for transgender battles

Sexuality | Pro-family advocates expect to defend laws protecting children
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/22/21, 04:11 pm

At least six state legislatures are considering laws to protect children from experimental transgender treatments—putting them on a collision course with the Biden administration.

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Anti-trafficking groups decry woman’s execution

Compassion | Lisa Montgomery committed—and was the victim of—heinous crime
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/20/21, 04:42 pm

In the waning days of the Trump administration, the federal government executed a female convict for the first time in nearly seven decades. Her sentence invigorated public debate over the death penalty and raised questions about the role of a suspect’s past trauma in criminal sentencing.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was convicted in 2008 of strangling 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett of Missouri, who was eight months pregnant, and cutting the premature baby out of its mother’s womb. The baby girl lived and turned 16 on Dec. 16.

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Delightful discoveries

Children’s Books | Four recent picture books
by Mary Jackson & Kristin Chapman
Posted 1/14/21, 04:41 pm

The Bear and the Moon by Matthew Burgess: A curious little bear spots something “red as a berry and round like the moon” with a long silver string attached to it. The balloon goes everywhere with him, providing quiet company and new excitement, seeming to smile back at him like a friend. But one day, it pops. The bear desperately tries to fix it, to no avail, and sorrow and loneliness set in. Nature has a way of providing comfort, and the bear realizes that all good things are a gift, and loss is not always a result of bad behavior.

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