Two local chief executives of Planned Parenthood were quick to denounce the videos revealing some difficult-to-stomach goings on at this "most trusted women's health care provider" ["Planned P'hood essential to LI," Letters, Aug. 18].

If Planned Parenthood were honest about what has been going on, the videos would not have been needed. But who in the organization would come forth to describe what has been revealed?

When it comes to the selling of human body parts and discussing their sale so nonchalantly, the outcry is muted and nonexistent in some media. People are right to be offended and to demand action in Washington to end funding for Planned Parenthood. When a department in our government has not performed ethically, there is a call for accountability and even asking for the head or director to step down. Maybe it's appropriate to call for the resignation of Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.

Bernard Zablocki

Ridgewood

Two Planned Parenthood executives claim that "nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients." Really? Ask the more than 300,000 unborn lives their organization terminates each year whether they believe their safety and health are important! Whose patients are they?

R.D. Teetz

New Hyde Park

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee favors forcing a 10-year-old girl who was raped and pregnant to have that child. The question that I wish someone would ask him is: What would he do if at age 10 his daughter had been raped and pregnant? What would he do and what would he tell a traumatized child? What would you say if it's your child?

Stew Frimer

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Forest Hills

Columnist Lane Filler quotes a doctor friend who says abortion must be available for some people because giving birth would "devastate their lives . . . but I also know it's murder" ["A goal for both sides on abortion," Opinion, Aug. 12].

I find this conflicted reasoning very difficult to understand. Why is it so easy to accept the death of a fetus to alleviate the problems that one may face in accepting the birth of the child? There are many problems everyone faces in everyday life that we cannot escape. Would we accept euthanasia to alleviate the burden of caring for elderly parents? Or a child who has become incapacitated and requires care that we cannot afford?

Michael Izzi

Hauppauge

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I was amazed at the display of letters on Cecil the lion and the justified outrage of your readers ["Lion hunting a barbaric practice," Aug. 12].

I join them in their outrage over sport killing, but where is the outrage over the videos of doctors for Planned Parenthood discussing the price of fetal tissue?

An adult can give permission to use a body part for research after death. Unfortunately, an unborn child does not have that choice; and remember, the child is not dead when this happens.

Newsday investigates everything else, why not this? I used the term fetal tissue, but let us be clear, when a woman finds that she is pregnant, she doesn't say she's having a fetus. She says she is having a baby!

Terri Pelkowski

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Kings Park