It’s never been a secret that I’m pro-choice, I’ve blogged about that before and it’s no secret to anyone that I’ve also had an abortion before, in fact I’ve had two. They weren’t fun but neither is being a parent to a child that you don’t want and can’t afford.
I’m not ashamed that I’ve had an abortion it was a personal choice that I made for myself and I don’t regret it, not even a little bit, but I would have regretted those babies for the rest of my life.
I do not believe that life begins at conception, some people do, but science disagrees and since I’m not a religious person I’m with science on this one. But the main reason I’m pro-choice? Women are not incubators and if they don’t want to bring a child into this world for WHATEVER reason she has the right to make that choice, I believe that.
In March of this year Emily Letts posted a video of her own surgical abortion. Emily lives in the not-so-abortion-friendly-USA so the fact that she even posted this amazes me, it’s just so incredibly brave. She wanted women to know that they shouldn’t be afraid, that it’s not such a scary procedure, that it’s actually pretty fast and that afterwards you won’t be a shaken husk of a woman; you’ll just be you.
With the gross tactics often employed by anti-choicers women can be left in the dark about what ACTUALLY happens during an abortion which is why I think Emily is a hero and deserves to be treated as such.
Of course there are a lot of people online today who after reading a feature about Emily in Cosmopolitan have decided to attack the young woman for her choices. Just take a look Twitter and you’ll see what this incredible young woman is facing; she’s being called a horror movie actress, a liar, encouraged to euthanize herself and in one case accused of having ‘orgasmic joy’ during the procedure.
I’m sure Emily knew that sharing her story would cause controversy but if one woman learns that abortion can be a completely safe procedure rather than being scared off by right wing propaganda then I think that Emily a self proclaimed ‘patient advocate’ has achieved her goal.
If you’d like to watch the totally safe for work video you can check it out below.
EMILY’S ABORTION VIDEO from Emily Letts on Vimeo.