Abortion Is More Than Three Minutes


By Eric Porteous, Director of Digital Marketing

Emily Letts had an abortion. The life that once existed within her womb is now extinguished. Emily jovially admitted as much in a video that she posted on YouTube and her interview with Cosmopolitan titled “Why I Filmed My Abortion.”

Admittedly, I am saddened by the many people who have threatened her, called her names, and forgotten that she is a life worthy of proper dignity and respect. That sort of conduct is antithetical to what it means to be pro-life, but that doesn’t mean I am OK with her “choice” either.

As I watched Emily’s video, I couldn’t help but feel bothered by what felt like an oversimplified portrayal of a very complicated issue. Condensing the process of having an abortion to only three minutes of video clips is misleading. In her video Emily states that she’s “having an abortion” as though it’s just a procedure, like having a tooth pulled. But that phrase, like the video, neglects the severity of the consequences. “Having an abortion” literally means taking the life of an innocent child—in this case, Emily’s child.

Maybe Emily didn’t feel any guilt before or a month and a half after, but the truth is that a substantial percentage of women who abort their child suffer from loss of self-esteem, anxiety disorders, depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse disorder. Emily’s video fails to show the reality of the emotional fallout and harm that accompanies abortion. I would hope all women would agree that they deserve to know the truth about the harms of abortion—a truth that is undeniably absent in Emily’s portrayal.

In Cosmopolitan, Emily said, “Once I caught my breath, 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.” Emily recognizes three distinct persons: herself, her child, and the father, but the decision to take her child’s life, by Emily’s admission, didn’t consider the other two people intimately involved.

Moreover, Emily asserts her decision was immediate, which doesn’t even allow for time to consider or weigh options for the “choice” she made to end the life of her child.

This “choice” doesn’t have to be flippant. There are crisis pregnancy centers across the U.S. providing compassionate alternatives to abortion, and they offer information so women can get all the facts. What’s more, crisis pregnancy centers are not beholden to abortion quotas that bias the help they offer women.

Finally, what was most striking about the video was Emily’s statement, “I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby. I can make a life.” And there is the main factor missing from her abortion video. Emily created life. Her child may not have been born, but her child was alive. So while she puts forth that she doesn’t feel any consequences, it is with
out question that her decision did at least destroy one life.

No matter how someone feels, no matter the perception, taking an innocent life can never be OK. Just ask Garrett Kell, a Christian pastor who wrote an open letter to Emily sharing his regrets aborting his child with his girlfriend when he was 19 years old.

Despite the tone of Emily’s video, more and more people recognize abortion destroys life and are standing up and speaking out. Our friends at the Texas Alliance for Life have a video that shows that people, no matter their generation, are working to end abortion.

It is important that the pro-life community prays for Emily and remains passionate advocates for life. Offering the truth and personally attacking Emily is not the same thing. Attacking individuals does nothing but depict us as hateful and compromise our stance.

Instead, the pro-life community must challenge the organizations seeking to promote the “right” to take the life of an innocent child—Planned Parenthood the biggest among them.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom