Surrogacy
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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The New York legislative session ended this week without passing a high-profile measure that would have repealed the state’s ban on paid surrogacy contracts, a surprising turn in a bastion of liberal sexual ethics.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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Religion and romance

Family | A new report bursts modern stereotypes about who is in the most satisfying relationships
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/07/19, 01:55 pm

Very religious couples enjoy higher-quality relationships and more sexual satisfaction than less religious or secular couples, according to a new study by the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution. The report looked at four key outcomes—relationship quality, fertility, domestic violence, and infidelity—among couples in religious, mixed, and secular marriages in 11 countries around the world. It asked, “Is faith a global force for good or ill in the family?”

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Intercountry adoption numbers hit new low

Family | Adoption advocates argue continued declines result from bad policies
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/12/19, 02:36 pm

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. families plunged again last year, according to data the U.S. State Department released last month.

Intercountry adoptions declined by 14 percent, from 4,714 children in 2017 to 4,059 in 2018. The 2018 number is down 82 percent from a high of more than 22,000 in 2004.

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