Regarding the Oct. 15 front-page article “Meet the abortion foe behind the hidden camera”:
As a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist for more than 30 years, I understand, without judgment, the heartache and decisions many women confront when facing an unwanted pregnancy. And no woman ever terminated a pregnancy for the opportunity to donate fetal tissue.
The Post gave voice to David Daleiden, who surreptitiously obtained and heavily edited videos falsely portraying the context of the original, unedited conversations with Planned Parenthood officials. It’s because of Daleiden and the ongoing campaign of antiabortion violence and harassment against abortion providers that scientific conferences require intense security.
Since the release of the deceptive and misleading videos, my colleagues and I have experienced increased harassment and threats. Numerous clinics have been vandalized. Furthermore, the article failed to report that Daleiden’s dishonest efforts did not reveal any crime or inappropriate activity. This sensationalism belongs in a gossip magazine, rather than a legitimate news outlet such as The Post.
Sara L. Imershein, Washington
The writer is a member of the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation.
The Post’s profile of David Daleiden, the antiabortion activist who filmed the now-infamous Planned Parenthood videos, provided yet another platform to glamorize his work, deceive the public and deny women the right to make their own reproductive health-care decisions.
Planned Parenthood is an important provider of health-care services and sexual-health information for women and men across the country. Instead of trying to shut down clinics, spread abortion stigma and continue to silence and shame people, we should recognize that abortion touches many lives — 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime.
As part of Advocates for Youth’s 1 in 3 campaign, more than 800 women have shared their personal abortion experiences — and many have mentioned the care and compassion they received from committed abortion-care providers such as Planned Parenthood.
We need to build a culture of compassion, empathy and support for access to basic reproductive health care and those who provide it. We can’t allow extremists to add to the stigma around abortion care and make access more difficult.
Debra Hauser, Washington
The writer is president of Advocates for Youth.