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.

Protecting gender-confused children

Family | A new Alabama bill could make it a felony for doctors to prescribe medical treatment to alter a child’s sex
by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/21/20, 04:51 pm

Alabama this week joined a growing wave of states resisting medical experimentation on gender-dysphoric children. In recent months, lawmakers in Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and West Virginia have introduced measures making it a criminal offense to subject minors to hormone therapy and sex-change surgery.

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Inherent trauma

Society | Trafficking survivors and advocates push back against efforts to legalize prostitution
by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/14/20, 04:23 pm

Throughout the United States, anti-sex-trafficking groups are working to hold back a growing wave of support for decriminalizing prostitution. During a 14-hour hearing in October about whether to legalize the sex trade in Washington, D.C., Helen Taylor held up a pair of metallic platform heels that a prostitute had given her after exiting the sex industry, calling them her “former shackles.”

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Photo courtesy of Sabrina Bjornstom

Dropping international adoptions

Family | Agencies shut down their programs amid shifting attitudes and burdensome bureaucracy
by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/07/20, 04:43 pm

Dave and Sabrina Bjornstom anxiously waited with 12 other couples from the United States in a sixth-story room in a government office building in Guangzhou, China. Suddenly someone shouted, “They’re coming!” Rushing to the windows, they saw a line of women—each holding a baby—walking toward the building. That day in 2004, the Bjornstroms cradled Katie, one of their two adopted daughters from China, for the first time.

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