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September 17, 2019

Recent family-related news included the growing global realization that spanking is detrimental to children, a photographic essay spanning the life of a marriage, a mixup in an IVF lab, former mayor Giuliani is getting divorced and a gay woman who fought for the chance to marry is now coping with her own divorce.

Whatever Happened To … The Campaign To Ban Spanking Diane Cole, NPR, September 3, 2019 In a story published in October, The New York Times looked at a new study on spanking that found a “fairly robust” association between corporal punishment and youth violence…What’s the current status of the campaign to prohibit corporal punishment of children?

The Perfect Divorce Louise Rafkin, The New York Times, September 6, 2019 In this Unhitched column, a couple’s story from romance to vows to life afterward, is beautifully chronicled in a photographic format.

Clinic Ordered To Reveal Sperm Donor List After Baby Mix Up Vanessa Romo, The New York Times, September 11, 2019 In 2013, after spending nearly $500,000 on IVF, the procedure helped a couple realize their parenting goals with the arrival of a baby girl… however, court documents claim that a horrific mistake was made in that the sperm of someone other than her husband was used to impregnate the mother.

Giuliani Divorce: It’s Ugly, It’s Operatic. What Did You Expect? Sarah Maslin Nir, The New York Times, September 13, 2019 Last spring, divorce proceedings began for the Giulianis after 16 years of marriage, setting off a rancorous court battle … and despite a judge’s urging, the wreckage is being laid bare for all to see…

New Hope, New Pain, Same Old Divorce Cameron Esposito, The New York Times, September 14, 2019 As a queer woman, I fought for the right to be married. Now I’m fighting for the space to be human…Somehow, the only part of my Catholic upbringing that seems to have survived my youth is the feeling that divorce is wrong, preventable and my fault…

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