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Mary Lyndon Shanley

Mary Lyndon Shanley is Margaret Stiles Halleck Professor of Political Science at Vassar College. She is author of Making Babies, Making Families: What Matters Most in an Age of Reproductive Technologies, Surrogacy, Adoption, and Same-Sex and Unwed Parents’ Rights; and Feminism, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England 1850—1895.


More than 1.5 million children currently have a parent in prison; for 94 percent of these children, that parent is the father.

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American conservatives pride themselves on moral clarity—and nowhere greater than on the topic of marriage and family.

Mary Lyndon Shanley

Enable citizen children to keep their families together.

Mary Lyndon Shanley