LONDON, UK, May 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Emily Letts, the 25-year-old actress who posted a video of her abortion to YouTube, gave a long and tortured response – which referenced her bodily functions and her morning breakfast menu – in an attempt to defend herself from a British pro-life advocate's charge that she had trivialized abortion-on-demand.
Letts answered pre-recorded questions on BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat program yesterday by Skype. During the segment, interviewer Chris Smith played a pre-recorded statement from Anne Scanlan, the head of education and media for the UK-based pro-life charity Life.
“This is essentially an abortion promotional video by an abortion counselor who tries to trivialize the procedure,” Scanlan said. “Abortion ends the life of an unborn child, and we should never take it lightly. It is irresponsible to try to portray abortion in such a trivial manner.”
Letts began her bizarre and rambling answer by repeating Planned Parenthood's new talking points that “a woman has her own individual, unique experience with her own body. I think that, like, abortion is a personal matter.”
Becoming more animated, she continued, “Like, no one can tell me how to feel about my abortion. I felt how I felt, and that was not influenced by anyone else except for how I grew up, how I you know went to college, how I live my day, how like I ate a salad for breakfast. How I, like – it's me. Like, this is me,” she said, throwing her hands about and cocking her head from side to side.
She continued, “Like, I breathe. I sneeze. I fart. I poop. I'm a human being. You know, that's all that I am. And so like, I'm sharing my story.”
She then asked Scanlan, “Who are you to say you have to feel this way about a very intimate experience? Who are you say to say that like I am trivializing something? No, no. It's my life. I get to do what I want to do with my life. And I'm having the gall, I guess the audacity to say, like, I want to share this with the rest of the world.”
Scanlan's comment was the second response to set Letts back on her heels during the five-minute-long video exchange.
Letts paused noticeably after Smith said one viewer called her an “attention-seeker” and a female named Lauren said that she “doesn't believe this is real. She says you are an actress.”
After stumbling and stuttering, Letts replied, “I don't know what to say to that.”
Letts, who works as an abortion doula in New Jersey, then compared the comments to those who would question the story of a rape victim. “This is my genuine, honest story,” she said.
She was only “doing all these interviews” to help other women see “a positive abortion story,” and in no way to promote herself, she said.
“I reject the idea that just when a women [sic] wants to come forward and speak about her body and her positive or negative stories that have to do with her uterus and reproductive system that all of the sudden she's becoming attention-seeking. That's just another way of shaming women into being silent,” she stated.
Letts herself has been anything but silent, making appearances on international media outlets. The same day as her BBC interview, she told Philadelphia Magazine, “I feel super great about having an abortion.”
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Her words chilled and saddened people on both sides of the abortion debate, with some who favor abortion saying Letts' video was “creepy,” and pro-life activists saying it failed to show the suffering of mothers and their unborn children.
“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,'” Live Action President Lila Rose said.