PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The woman who recorded her own abortion and uploaded it to YouTube says she feels no remorse for her actions, nor what critics call her “glib” manner of addressing a life-or-death issue.
“I feel super great about having an abortion, because it was the right decision for my life,” Emily Letts, a 25-year-old actress who works at an abortion facility, told Philadelphia Magazine today.
She said the women she counsels experience “a feeling of emptiness, a feeling of giving up an idea.” Some percentage of those women are “completely confident about their decision, they feel relief.”
“Abortion and relief, let’s put those two words together,” Letts said.
Letts' heavily edited, three-minute-long video went viral two months after it won the Abortion Care Network's “Stigma Busting” video contest. It purports to show her having an abortion at Cherry Hill Women’s Center, where she works. The footage shows nothing below the waist.
In the video, she exclaims, “cool!” after the abortion.
The interviewer, Victor Fiorillo said he had heard from many “women who self-identify as pro-choice,” who “called the video 'creepy,' some said it should have been kept private, some say that you were quite 'glib.'”
Letts denied she was anything but sober-minded.
“Yes, I do realize it was potential life. I have a special relationship with my ultrasound,” she said.
“People say it sounds weird,” she acknowledges. “I realize it [her baby] was potential life, and I love it in my own special way.” Letts has previously described her abortion as “birth-like” and said the experience ”will always be a special memory for me.”
Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, told LifeSiteNews in an e-mailed statement that the concerted effort to present abortion as a positive experience is based on deception and falsehood.
“Letts' campaign to normalize the execution of a child lies to all of us,” Rose said. “She claims to film an abortion, but that is the one thing we don't see. We don't see the powerful suction machine ripping the developing embryo from the safe harbor of Letts' uterus. We don't see the child's delicate arm and leg buds ripped apart by the force of the suction tube, or the child's body parts floating afterward in a pool of blood and amniotic fluid in a medical receptacle.”
“All we see is Letts' smile, not her victim,” she said.
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Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America said Letts also misled women about their likely reaction after an abortion. “Often women suffer later,” she said. “Even if they don't suffer immediate physical ramifications, there are often psychological and emotional ramifications later.”
In the interview posted today, Letts is only marginally more apologetic for not having used birth control than for aborting the child she conceived. “It was a mistake to not use a condom. Life is full of mistakes,” she said. “How many times did you get in a car with someone who had been drinking?”
As she did in her Cosmopolitan article this week, she attacks Americans who believe in the sanctity of life. “When people think about abortion, they think about people waving signs, death threats, doctors dying,” she said.
She tells pro-life Americans in general, and Catholics in particular, “You cannot judge. …Your religion cannot rule over everyone else.”
But Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, said most of society believes Letts' ecstatic abortion tale is beyond the pale. “It is a sad commentary on our nation that someone can be rewarded for filming an event that takes the life of an innocent unborn human being,” she stated.
Rose agrees. “Letts' triumphant smile after her child has been torn apart by a suction tube is a grotesque testament to a society that has come to embrace the slaughter of a child as ‘empowerment,'” she said.