Family & Society

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The New York legislative session ended this week without passing a high-profile measure that would have repealed the state’s ban on paid surrogacy contracts, a surprising turn in a bastion of liberal sexual ethics.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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Associated Press/Photo by Jose Luis Magana

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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Associated Press/Photo by Marina Villeneuve

Maine legalizes assisted suicide

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/13/19, 12:08 pm

Maine became the eighth state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide Wednesday after Gov. Janet Mills signed a law allowing doctors to prescribe fatal doses of medication to the terminally ill. Mills had previously said she was unsure about the bill, which declares the practice does not constitute suicide under state law. She also issued an executive order for the state to analyze how the law’s impact on the state.

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