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Family drama. (reader forum).

I got very angry reading about the new book by Harlyn Aizley, Buying Dad ["The Parent Map," June 10]. It sounds like she did a total of four inseminations before she got pregnant (three with the first donor and one with the second). If this is tree, I am surprised that any doctor would diagnose a woman as "infertile" after three attempts. And while everyone who is trying to get pregnant rides a roller coaster of emotions every month that they try, to call four inseminations a "long and sometimes harrowing journey" insults those of us who have tried to get pregnant for four, five, or, in my case, seven years.

Lisa Levheim, via the Internet

Upon receiving the June 10 issue, I was overjoyed to see how much it pertained to me. I have a 6-year-old sort But alas, I did not find my story within your pages. My partner of almost 20 years left me last year to be with a man. I have had to fight tooth and nail to spend time with my son. Due to archaic laws, I have no legal way to make her let him be with me. This is very painful for me and hard on my son. We chose to bring Markas into this world together. We experienced all that that entails, from planning to conception to pregnancy to delivery. She chose to leave our relationship, and since she is "the real mother," she can do whatever she wants. I'm sure I am not the only GLBT person this has happened to. Why did you fail to bring us into the conversation? We are here, and we have a story to tell too.

Kathy Strickland, via the Internet
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Jul 8, 2003
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