Thanks everyone for your help. I think together we have crafted a tighter, more persuasive letter.
But, I should have taken action earlier. I was not vigilant enough.
The problem? Turns out, you have to send a letter to the editor within 7 days of the article’s publication. Sigh. And Doh.
However, I’m sure unfortunately that there will be a next time: in fact, we know what they are working on.
And when there is, I’ll revise and send a new letter ASAP. So, please keep me posted if you see an article on ALI in the New York Times. Together, we’ll be ready.
To the Editor:
After reading the latest New York Times article about infertility (The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy, August 10, 2011), I have to ask, why does your coverage seems to only focus on the fringes of this subject?
This was the latest of many articles* to suggest only the wealthiest of citizens suffer from this disease, and that “typical” infertility patients are over 40, use surrogates and/or donor eggs.
One in eight couples in the U.S. suffer from infertility. Infertility affects people of all reproduction ages and incomes. And in reality, fewer than 3% of infertility patients need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
I invite you to look at the bigger picture and speak with Americans of ALL ages and incomes who are struggling with infertility. People like Courtney Cheng, who has to seek answers beyond her family doctor after her fourth miscarriage. Or Keiko Zoll, diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at age 26.
Main Street, USA
All statistics on infertility provided by Resolve. Please go to http://www.resolve.org for more information.
Articles referred to:
India Nutures Business of Surrogate Motherhood 3/10/2008
Her Body, My Baby 11/28/2008
Payment Offers to Egg Donors Prompts Scrutiny (5/11/2010)
Meet the Twiblings (12/29/2010)
An American Family: Mom, Sperm Donor, Lover, Child (6/19/2011)
The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy (8/10/2011)