So this is the first letter to the editor that I have ever written. And, unfortunately, it was rejected.
There has been yet another article in The New York Times since I sent my letter suggesting they focus on the extreme boundaries of ART, which featured a rare case of a sperm donor with over 100 children.
So, clearly, my letter did diddly squat to affect coverage over there.
What I hope is that some of you craft your own letter as well.
To the Editor:
After reading the latest New York Times article about infertility (“Fertility is a Matter of Age”, August 31, 2011), I have to ask, why does your coverage only focus on the fringes of this subject?
This is 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. Fewer than 3% of infertility patients need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Please look at the bigger picture and speak with Americans of ALL ages and incomes struggling with infertility. People like Courtney Cheng, 31, who has to seek answers beyond her family doctor after her fourth miscarriage. Or Keiko Zoll, diagnosed with premature ovarian failure at age 26.
Jessica Carroll Jaffe
Main Street, USA