The best of times, the worst of times: A tale of two abortions


WASHINGTON, May 9, 2014 — When Emily Letts got pregnant, she immediately knew she would get an abortion. She decided to film her abortion and entered “Emily’s Abortion Video” in Abortion Care Networks Stigma Busting competition and won. Cosmopolitan recently featured her story “Why I Filmed My Abortion“.

Letts tells Cosmo,

“I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth. I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.”

This young women cannot distinguish between far different realities:  She imagines ending the life of her baby the same as if she just gave birth.

Letts fantasizes that she is brave for terminating the life of her own child. During “the procedure,”as she calls ending the life of her baby, she says she stayed focused on the love from everyone in the room. But there was no love from the child’s mother, only the love she received for killing her child.

When Letts offered to volunteer but instead was hired to work at the abortuary where she later got her own abortion, she says she fell into “this perfect world that fulfills me in so many different ways.”

Imagine a worldview so distorted that encouraging mothers to abort their own child is a perfect world that fulfills you.

Perhaps more disturbing is the revelation that a women that has lost contact with reality was chosen as the winner by the abortion industry.

In contrast, another young woman, 20-year-old Kimberly, has quite a different perspective. She neither filmed nor celebrated her abortion. A year later, she posted a video entitled “My Abortion Experience.”

Kimberly introduces her video in this way:

“My abortion was one of the worst, if not THE worst mistake I have ever made. After what I have gone through, I want nothing more than to speak out and help change womens minds. I still believe that it is a woman’s personal choice but I personally believe it is never right regardless of your situation. . . . PLEASE weigh out all your options before you make such a life-altering decision because once its over you cant take it back and not a day will go by that you don’t think about it. Please no rude comments. . . . It took a lot for me to post this.”

Kimberly details how her boyfriend, the father of the child, told her he would hate her if she did not have an abortion. After six at-home pregnancy tests, she ultimately went to Planned Parenthood at eight weeks.

“When I got there I was so unsure about it. . . . They had to come back and ask me like three times before I did it . . . but I did it,” says Kimberly.

So, Planned Parenthood asked this young woman, who told them up front that she did not think abortion was for her, three times to agree to an abortion.

Even as the abortion was being committed, Kimberly had doubts: “I remember [lying] there and they injected me with the drugs. It happened so fast I really couldn’t change my mind about it.”

Kimberly says she thought it was the best thing for her at the time, but now believes it was the worst decision of her life.

“I don’t think it was the baby’s fault at all for me to be in that situation,” says Kimberly. “I’ve talked to girls who have had three abortions and they don’t feel guilty about it. I think there is something seriously wrong with them.”

She continued, “This is the worst mistake I ever made in my life. I know I am going to think about this every day. I wish more than anything I hadn’t . . . done it. . . . I had life inside of me and they sucked it out with a vacuum. . . . I wish I hadn’t let other people influence me to do it.”

Kimberly tells women never to consider abortion. She concludes her video by saying, “Thank you for watching this video. I hope I changed someone’s mind.”

Emily Letts also wants to change minds. After the application of acting skills, good makeup, and professional lighting, she ends her video this way: “I don’t feel sad. I don’t feel like a bad person. . . . I feel in awe that I can make a baby, that I can make a life. I knew that what I was going to do was right because it was right for me.

In this distorted thinking, she perceives no difference in birth or abortion, giving life with taking life. She wistfully describes choosing the death of her own preborn child as if she is a proud mother who just gave birth.

This tale of two abortions does not come to end, but rather portends two very different futures:

One future there is dignity (and forgiveness) for every human being and an understanding of what it means to selfishly take an innocent divinely created life.

The other future embraces narcissism and grandiosity, where individuals play god with the power to create and destroy life at their personal whim, detached from all morality.

One path leads to the best of times where life is held precious.  The other, well…to the worst of times.


Paul Rondeau is an independent social commentator.  He is president of Synapse Associates, a conservative communication, training, and consulting firm.

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  • Peter Toth

    The Nazi’s were all smiles and congratulations as they marched the “undesirables” to their final fate. The only difference with Emily’s “undesirables” is that they don’t have a chance to voice their objection.

  • Norma Serrano

    U both are baby killer u should get the death penalty for killing a helpless life.

    • Patricia

      You don’t believe in repentance and forgiveness, Norma?

    • Untwisted Truth

      Yes, they both participated in murder. For me and my house, with repentance comes forgiveness as best we are able. That is not to say there are no consequences. Many leaders in the pro-life movement have experienced abortion, have repented, and now dedicate their lives to saving babies…and their mothers.

  • Shirley Ujest

    To Norma and everyone out there who believes they are Christians: we ALL deserve the death penalty. Not just for an abortion, but ANY other SIN. God doesn’t think this one is worse than another – and most of us just don’t “get” that. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of it; we are to hate all sin, but love the sinner. Can you understand? We are ALL guilty. Yes, promote life and encourage others to think about the fact that destruction of it is murder. However, we are not to judge – God has already done so, and here are some OTHER sins that carry the death penalty: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like … they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:19-23, and “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Ephesians 6:9-11. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE: Love these people and pray for their eyes to be opened to the Love of God – Jesus died for both you and them. You are welcome to hate their sin – but remember when you point that finger at them you point three at yourself. Take that log out of your own eye (acknowledge your own sin, folks) – and then do what you can to encourage others to NOT do theirs. GBY all.

    • Untwisted Truth

      Just back it up a bit “To Norma and everyone out there who believes they are Christians” sounds self righteous and judgmental itself. Yes, even us less than perfect Christians understand salvation. If your theology is that stealing a penny candy is the same as murder, that sounds more like Islam than Christianity.

  • Carl Maquar

    Yeah and when she faces God for her murderous activity’s and she see’s all the “Murdered” baby’s she help to kill even her own the smiles will be wiped off of her face as God reads off her verdict “Guilty Of Murder”!!

  • Carl Maquar

    Shirley Ujest What sins have you committed???

  • Patricia

    This is what the Bible is talking about when it tells us that in the latter days people will have their consciences seared with a hot iron. They no longer have a conscience that tells them right from wrong. They don’t feel guilty no matter what they do, and yes, there is something very seriously wrong with them. I admire the young lady who doubted if she was doing the right thing and feels bad about it and is courageous enough to step forward and tell others her experience and that no matter what, it is wrong. Perhaps if someone had given her some encouragement to keep her from ending her baby’s life, she may have made a different decision that day. Seems all lLPLlanned Parenthood was interested in was helping her end her baby’ s life,.

  • Benjamin Dover

    Where most choices, decisions, and activities are restricted, the term “liberties” is used to describe that which may still be done freely.

  • Norma Serrano

    Yes I hope she asked for giveness