“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,” the Bible warns (Isaiah 5:20).
By now you have probably heard. A young woman named Emily Letts filmed her own surgical abortion and posted it online for the world to see.
This 25-year-old woman works as a counselor at an abortion center, called Cherry Hill Women’s Center, in New Jersey. She procured her abortion at the same clinic she works at.
Her motivation for filming herself was to help women not to feel guilty over procuring an abortion. She wrote an article published by Cosmopolitan.com, titled “Why I Filmed My Abortion.”
“Still, every time I watch the video, I love it. I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine is,” Letts claims in her piece.
I included the video here. Although it is non-graphic, it is not for everyone. Consider yourself warned of its content.
Letts won a share of first prize in a video competition aimed at removing “the stigma” attached to abortion.
Upon learning in November that she was pregnant for the first time, Letts says, “I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn’t ready to take care of a child. The guy wasn’t involved in my decision,” she writes. Not being ready to have children was also the reason she cited in the video for obtaining the abortion.
Sadly, not feeling prepared to care for one’s child is the most common reason given for procuring an abortion. Notice she claims the father of this child was not consulted. Apparently the only “support” she received for her unplanned pregnancy was from those reassuring her that an abortion was the best route to take for her unplanned pregnancy.
She further details her motivations in the video, before obtaining the abortion. “I just wish there was a way to show women that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story.
She also claims multiple times in her article that she wishes to stop the guilt that women feel about obtaining an abortion. She says this guilt is bred by society.
Letts claims in the article she was not using birth control when she got pregnant, causing her to feel “embarrassed and irresponsible.”
She chose to get local anesthesia, and hums through the “procedure,” which is over in a matter of a few minutes. Afterwards, while still lying on the table, she smiles at the camera, and then says, “Yeah, cool, I feel good.” She adds in the article, “I didn’t feel bad [afterwards.]”
She treats it so casually…
MY INITIAL REACTION: DISGUST, SORROW
Is there such a thing as a “positive” abortion story? No, there is not.
Just because someone claims not to feel guilt over her decision does not make it a moral choice. One’s feelings about one’s own actions does not determine their moral integrity.
I am deeply saddened to learn about Letts and her child she had killed. We live in a world where this brutality is not only condoned, but in some circles, celebrated. Lord, have mercy.
Would a similar video win an award if it filmed live the execution of a two-year-old? No, there would be moral outrage across the country. Yet, despite there be no moral difference between killing her unborn baby and killing a two-year-old, the status quo will likely to remain in this country regarding the killing to innocent, unborn children.
HOW NOT TO RESPOND: WITH CONDEMNATION
We all ought to be weeping over the death of Letts’ child, for certain, and for all children murdered in their mothers’ wombs.
But as much as we despise this woman’s actions, what we ought not do is condemn her to hell. We can certainly judge her actions as morally reprehensible. But only God knows her culpability for her grave sin.
Hope remains for Miss Letts, however. After all, she shows signs of knowing this is wrong…
She goes on to say in her video, “I don’t feel like a bad person. I don’t feel sad. I feel in awe that I can make a baby. I can make a life.”
She claims she does not feel bad for what she did, yet she makes a point to tell us she recognizes her power as a woman that she can produce a “baby.” Yes, generally speaking, women contain a God-given ability to care for children. It is written into their very nature as women, and she cannot deny this.
On top of calling her son or daughter a “baby,” she elsewhere uses the word “child,” when justifying her actions. This goes to show that abortion advocates are moving away from denying the humanity of the unborn.
Letts also acknowledges that she has met tearful women who feel “great remorse” over their so-called “choice.” Letts goes on to admit in her commentary that grieving remains “an important part of a woman’s process.” Hopefully, this will be the case for her as well.
The most self-contradictory quote of her entire Cosmopolitan piece is this:
“I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.”
Keeping the sonogram picture is a common move by post-abortive mothers. I once met a woman outside an abortion mill who said she carries her with her in her backpack while at college. She was there escorting a friend to have an abortion.
Deep down, these post-abortive women know what they did violates their essence. Why else would you keep a memento and the last picture of your child?
WHAT TO DO
How do we respond? I mean, Emily Letts videotaped herself while she allowed her child to be broken into pieces by a suction machine. Do you not want to cry?
So what should we do? First of all, please offer up penance in reparation for the sin of abortion. If you need great ideas for this or a good explanation, click here.
Clearly, we must pray for this promiscuous young woman. God have mercy on her. Please also pray for all abortion-minded women and all post-abortive women.
Do not forget the other victims in this story, aside from the baby. Pray for the baby’s father and for the baby’s grandparents and other family members that lost a member of the family.
And finally, if you are outraged over the posting of this video on Youtube, you can “report” the video for any one of the following reasons: Sexual content, Violent or repulsive content, Hateful or abusive content, Harmful dangerous acts, Child abuse, Spam or misleading, Infringes my rights, or Captions report (CVAA).
Several of the options apply here, and I chose “child abuse.” That said, don’t get your hopes up that the video will actually be removed.
After all, we live in a society that apparently makes you feel “guilt” over obtaining an abortion. More accurately, we live in a culture guilty of double-speak, where evil is good and good is evil.