Written By: Tatyana Phelps
Emily Letts thought that uploading a video of her abortion as a teaching tool and to show women that it doesn’t have to hurt—but did she ask the baby?
Although Emily Letts, a 25-year old abortion counselor, is supposed to be a “sex educator,” she wasn’t using any form of birth control and unintentionally became pregnant last November.
During the video, it seems that she was trying to encourage abortion by showing that it doesn’t hurt rather than “teaching” in any kind of way.
What was more disturbing than anything is that when Letts admits she was going to have an abortion, she said it while laughing and smiling. Since when did abortion become a laughing matter? During the procedure, she says things such as “Yeah, cool,” and “It feels good.” She even finished the process saying, “I’m done, yay!” It was quite shocking and disturbing.
Letts says that her goal was to show that it is possible to have “a positive abortion story.” There isn’t anything positive about abortion, especially under her circumstances. It’s a little more understandable when women actually try to prevent pregnancies, rather than becoming pregnant by failed birth control or a broken condom.
“I wanted to show it wasn’t scary,” Letts told Cosmopolitan.
Letts wasn’t looking at the bigger picture. There are a lot of other aspects involved in abortion such as if a woman will regret it, if she feels that she is making the right decision, if that’s the only option she has or if it will hurt her chances of having a baby when she is ready.
The fact that this woman believes that her video can be considered a teaching tool is unacceptable. Her video teaches nothing except that it is possible for an abortion to not hurt her, but the baby wasn’t mentioned even once.