The Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment increase unsafe abortion.
Investment in international reproductive health and family planning saves lives.
Each newspaper has its own submission guidelines, so make sure you look up the ones for the paper you’re contacting. Go to the opinion page of the paper in question and take note of its requirements, including maximum word count. Letters to the editor are usually between 150 and 225 words, while op-eds are typically longer, around 500-750 words. But again, look at the info for the specific paper you’re trying for!
Opinion articles (op-eds) can be on any topic, but they’re more attractive if they address a current event or a “hook,” such as a newly introduced bill or budget, an upcoming election, or a recent court decision. Letters to the editor (LTEs) are responses to previously published articles, and they are typically only accepted for up to a week after the original article’s publication—time is of the essence if you’re submitting an LTE, so get on it as soon as you see an article that needs a response!
Papers love it when authors include citations for data, statistics, and non-opinion statements. Hyperlinking citations in the body of your letter or article makes it easy for editors to fact check your piece and more likely that they’ll want to publish it. If you’re having trouble finding a particular citation, contact Marian Starkey, VP for Communications, for help.Email Marian