Woman Posts Her Abortion Online: “There is such a thing as a positive abortion story”
(Cherry Hill, N.J.) A counselor who works in a New Jersey abortion clinic posted her own abortion online for all to see. The video won a contest sponsored by an abortion rights group, including a cash prize and a donation to an abortion clinic.
Emily Letts, 25, who is a sex educator and birth control proponent, said she wasn’t using any birth control at the time she began pregnant.
Letts wrote in Cosmo, “I tracked my ovulation cycle, and I didn’t have any long-term partners. I thought I was OK. But, you know, things happen. I wound up pregnant.”
She said she immediately knew what she wanted to do, “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.”
Letts said she wanted to show the reality of a surgical abortion, though the video focuses only on her face, “Every time I watch the video, I love it. I love how positive it is.”
As you might imagine, not everyone supports the video.
Some have said it does not truly show what happens in an abortion, while others say it trivializes the matter.