Monday, August 2, 2010

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of...

Apologies for this moment of self-aggrandizing, but I’m pretty excited about this: on Sunday (well, Saturday, here in NY), I had my first letter to the editor published! It’s in this past weekend’s NYT Magazine, and it was in response to the front-cover article from two weeks ago, "the New Abortion Providers," by Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon. Sadly, someone stole my copy of the NYT (I'm going to start leaving passive aggressive notes in my building; I've had more copies stolen this summer than I've actually been able to read), so I haven't actually seen it in print. Still, I am pretty excited about it--it's been a goal on my bucket list for a while now.

If you have not yet read the original article, I strongly URGE you to do so and to let me know what you think. I think it is pathetically sad that after finishing it, my first thought was that the next time I will read about any one of these courageous (women) doctors, it will be because they’ve been murdered by an extreme anti-choicer.

Also, take a look at the letter-writers’ names. Notice anything unusual? Out of seven letters, five writers are female. And the only one that wrote in frustration with the so-called “culture of me” that choice provides…was male. Thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on getting your letter published and finishing your internship, Varina!

    Thanks for passing along the article-- these kinds of things don't always trickle over to this part of the world. I was really interested to read how marginalized abortion services, providers, and especially learning opportunities have become in the States. I knew about the Fellowship program, but didn't realize that it fills such a large gap.

    One thing that I was surprised and upset to see in the article, was the lengthy discussion of the donor. Although the Foundation may be well known within reproductive health circles, it is anonymous for a reason, and the revealing information published here is going against their wishes. Seems like the author's point could have been made in a more discreet way.

    There are still so many barriers to comprehensive reproductive health. I hope we see a time when these are no longer upheld.