By now you’ve likely heard about the grisly viral YouTube video starring a “mother,” Emily Letts, aborting her child on camera with the casual joy of a kid who just learned to change his or her first car tire. I’m a fairly stoic character but it made my stomach churn.
What you might not have known is that she’s a New Jerseyan, employed as a “reproductive counselor” at the Cherry Hill Women’s Center (located in good ole’ Camden County, New Jersey). Ugh… where do we find these people?
Of course, it’s a pathetically sad spectacle regardless of where it was actually filmed, Save Jerseyans. There are bigger concerns attendant to this story of which YOU need to be aware.
The great “middle ground” on the abortion issue has traditionally been reducing the number abortions, rhetorically if not always effectuated by the Left’s policies, regardless of whether the person in power happened to believe abortion should remain a legal practice or not in the post-Roe v. Wade world. In truth? It’s also a tacit form of admission by abortion proponents that the practice, in of itself, is a grave moral wrong, one which the Left simply believes is justified by the need to prevent poor, underprivileged women from being burdened with the cost and responsibility of child-rearing.
For someone to delight in an abortion is nothing short of perverse. I truly feel bad for this individual and urge you to keep her in your prayers. I also predict that this video will backfire badly relative to what she apparently hoped to accomplish.
Why? Because, again, the vast majority of abortions aren’t performed for that sympathetic hypothetical 18 year old from a low-income household and an abusive father who gets caught in a bad situation and needs a way out or risk ruining her future.
No, most abortions are sought out by women like Ms. Letts who use it as a macabre form of birth control. Recent studies have even documented how a plurality of abortions (45% in one survey) of abortions are repeat abortions obtained by women who’ve chosen to end the life (or lives) of their prior unborn children. A shocking report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uncovered the fact that 20% of abortions in America are performed for women who have already had at least two prior abortions.
This isn’t a new phenomenon affecting just one community or subset of women:
“Abortion is a common experience: At current rates, about one in three American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age 45. Moreover, a broad cross section of U.S. women have abortions. 57% of women having abortions are in their 20s; 60% have one or more children; 86% are unmarried; 57% are economically disadvantaged; 88% live in a metropolitan area; and 78% report a religious affiliation. No racial or ethnic group makes up a majority: 41% of women obtaining abortions are white non-Hispanic, 32% are black non-Hispanic, 20% are Hispanic and 7% are of other racial backgrounds.”
While debating this issue in years past, I’ve been told by pro-abortion friends or sparring-partners that hey, “accidents happen,” so abortion needs to be made available for women who need it despite the wide availability of low-cost contraceptive options in our modern world.
Even if that distressingly casual attitude toward human life doesn’t shock your conscience, it’s absolutely worth considering the inescapable truth that a “mistake” is only truly a mistake if it’s an isolated incident and then is followed up by corrective active. Three? Four? Or more times? That’s a pattern of behavior, not a mistake, and one which should horrify all reasonable people before we even arrive at the question of who is subsidizing it!
I’m obviously not privy to Emily Letts’s medical history. I’m sick over what she did to her child notwithstanding how she did it, in plain view of the worldwide web. But now that the deed is done, Save Jerseyans, I hope everyone who is on the fence about this issue has the opportunity to see her grin and make light of the end of life via social media. Here’s my prediction: 1 in 3 previously pro-abortion or issue-agnostic viewers will walk away from their computer, smartphone or tablet screens with an emptiness in his or her stomach, possibly a tear in the corner of one eye, and undoubtedly the sense that something has gone terribly wrong in America owing to our casual abortion culture.
That’s movement in the right direction.