Do you think this is educational or attention-seeking?
Pro-Choice Advocate Films Her Abortion For YouTube
Emily Letts, a former actress and current abortion counselor from New Jersey, recently posted a video diary of her very own abortion procedure on YouTube, she claims in hopes of further educating female patients. In the video, uploaded on March 14, you can only see Letts from the waist up while she receives a surgical abortion with a local anesthetic.
Check out the clip here:
As Letts wrote in an article for Cosmopolitan.com, despite working daily as a sex-educator who counsels women on contraception, she hadn’t been bothering to use any birth control herself. She goes on to say:
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. I called my supervisor and said, “Excuse me, I am going to need to schedule one abortion, please.” It was very early in the pregnancy, only two to three weeks.
Patients at the clinic always ask me if I can relate to them — have I had an abortion? Do I have kids? I was so used to saying, “I’ve never had an abortion but..” While I was pregnant and waiting for my procedure, I thought, “Wait a minute, I have to use this.”
Even though Letts was early-on in her pregnancy and could have terminated with the less invasive “abortion pill,” she decided to use the experience to show other women that surgical abortion isn’t scary and you won’t necessarily feel bad after it’s completed.
Our society breeds this guilt. We inhale it from all directions. Even women who come to the clinic completely solid in their decision to have an abortion say they feel guilty for not feeling guilty. Even though they know 110 percent that this is the best decision for them, they pressure themselves to feel bad about it.
This issue is definitely a tough one.
On one hand, her video could be helpful to de-stigmatize such a difficult choice for the hundreds of thousands of women and girls who feel they have to make it. However…her seemingly lighthearted attitude toward the whole situation could fuel even more hatred/stigma toward those who make the choice from those who oppose it.
The pro-choice argument seems to be one of keeping decisions such as this one private, and between a woman and her clinician…does publicizing it truly further that cause? And, since we know she’ll be all over the internet and the talk shows after this, could it possibly have been a ploy to draw more attention to herself rather than the issue at hand?
What do you think, Bossip fam?
Photo: YouTube/Emily Letts