The Happy Executioner Who Filmed Her Own Abortion

By:  Selwyn Duke
The Happy Executioner Who Filmed Her Own Abortion

Women who have abortions usually want to put the experience behind them, tucking the memory away in the recesses of their minds. But not Emily Letts. The 25-year-old former actress filmed her own surgical abortion — and then posted the video on the Internet. She said that she wanted to present “a positive abortion story.”

Letts, now an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey, wrote in Cosmopolitan recently that she was “breathing and humming through” the abortion as if she was “giving birth.” She explained, “To me, this was as birth-like as it could be.” Immediately after the abortion she can be heard exclaiming, “Yeah, cool.”

Letts’ video has evoked all the expected responses, with support from pro-abortion individuals, people vowing to pray for her conversion, and some nasty e-mails from disgusted viewers. But there have also been unexpected responses — from pro-abortion respondents who consider Letts’ video “creepy.” For example, Neon Nettle’s Marnie Wayne wrote, in a scathing critique, “Here at Neon Nettle, we are certainly pro-choice — but her cavalier attitude and attempt to claim her fifteen minutes had us all astounded.... Emily looks forward to her abortion and enjoys the process as if she were nipping in for a manicure.”

Many also may note that Letts seemed to be using abortion as a form of birth control. While she counsels other women on what’s euphemistically called “family planning,” she admitted that she herself didn’t use contraception. This is despite her tacitly confessing to promiscuity by saying, “I take pregnancy tests all the time.”

And Letts is equally loose with her portrayals. While her Cosmopolitan piece is entitled “Why I Filmed My Abortion,” did she in fact film her abortion?

Or is it more accurate to say that she recorded her very inappropriate reaction to her abortion?

The video shows only Letts’ torso and face. We cannot see the abortionist. There was no intrauterine footage of the baby’s destruction. And his remains were not shown.

Many critics also point out that not only does Letts express no remorse, but she actually revels in the abortion. As she also wrote in Cosmopolitan, “Every time I watch the video, I love it.... 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.”

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