Mary Jackson

Mary is a book reviewer and reporter for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Geenville 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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Pro-abortion and proud of it

Roe v. Wade | Social and media campaigns promote abortion without regrets, but sometimes a more complicated message slips out
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/09/15, 01:00 am

Michelle Shelfer’s parents encouraged her at a young age to explore her sexuality. When the Berkeley, Calif., native became pregnant at 24, she thought little of her appointment at an abortion business: “It was like getting a filling in my teeth.” She breezed through a brief meeting with a counselor. 

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Krieg Barrie

Oversexed education

Lifestyle | Parental reaction spurs school district to pull controversial health text—at least for now
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/19/14, 01:00 am

Last June, only 25 parents attended an informational meeting to view a new sex education textbook chosen unanimously by Fremont, Calif., health teachers for use with incoming freshmen. Some parents didn’t know about the meeting, especially if they are not on the Fremont Unified School District’s email system. Others said they received the invitation but ignored it amid the flurry of graduation and end-of-the-school-year activities.

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Going viral?

Medicine | Ebola so far hasn’t hit tiny Guinea-Bissau, but the disease could spread there like wildfire
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/19/14, 01:00 am

As Maritza Alvarez-Romero, 62, heads back to Guinea-Bissau, a small West African country nestled between Guinea and Senegal, she’s nervous. Like most in West Africa, she has watched as the deadly Ebola virus has spread. The hemorrhagic fever, passed through contact with bodily fluids, has killed more than 2,000 people since it appeared in Guinea last March. It has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and most recently, Senegal.

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