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Emily Letts is a US woman who is currently garnering a lot of attention and notoriety for a short video she made of herself having an abortion (the camera focuses on her face and shows her reactions to what the abortionist is doing off camera) that has now gone viral.

The video is yet another tragically flawed PR attempt from the abortion lobby to try and convince the world that killing human beings via abortion really isn’t that big a deal, and that anyone who suggests that abortion harms women is engaging in nothing more than baseless scaremongering.

(Are we meant to believe, because of this propaganda video, that abortion pain isn’t real, and that women who have been hurt by abortions are liars? or mentally unstable people prone to delusions? Or gullible weak minded simpletons who have been duped into believing something that isn’t real?)

Despite Emily’s claims to the contrary, things are clearly not all roses and sunshine here however.

Any person of common sense with even just a basic bit of life experience can see that the claims from Emily Letts about this abortion are, at best, highly dubious, and that the contradictions in what has transpired here mean that, far from being a reliable voice, Emily is actually someone in conflict who needs our sorrow and care.

Emily claims that “I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn’t ready to take care of a child.”

Yet when you watch the video, and actually observe her body language, listen to her voice, and take note of the look in her eyes, it is abundantly clear that she is a woman experiencing a lot of inner turmoil, and that the claims of clearheaded certainty are little more than a front.

This same uncertainty, fear and even what appears to be sadness is witnessed again during the filming of the abortion.

Anyone claiming that this is a confident woman without a care in the world is either being deliberately dishonest, or they are completely oblivious to the way in which human emotion manifests itself in a human person beyond what they are saying.

Watch what transpires in the video from the 2:06 to the 2:14 mark, and pay special attention to her eyes. Not only does there appear to be tears, but there is an expression of confusion and uncertainty – almost like an emotional numbness because of what has just transpired.

One thing that this video is definitely a testament to is the fact that there is nothing joyful or satisfying in this moment – it is not only the complete opposite of a birth physically, but also emotionally and psychologically.

Human life is being snuffed out at the hands of an abortionist, and everything in that segment of the video provides a clear witness to the fact that Emily Letts is being emotionally confronted by the cold and brutal reality of that evil.

And then watch and listen closely to her post-abortion testimony from the 2:25 mark onwards.

When I watch that segment I see a young woman trying desperately to justify to herself the decision that she has made.

I see a young woman carrying around a great burden, all the while trying to suppress that burden – as if, somehow, this will all just go away if she keeps reassuring herself that everything is fine.

I see a young woman who is crying out for love and healing.

And just consider the other glaring questions about how this pregnancy and abortion transpired.

Emily states that, despite being a “sex educator” (she works as an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey– a role which presumably means that she advises other women to use the pill – she doesn’t use hormonal birth control as it “scared me because of complications I’d heard about from friends — gaining weight, depression, etc.”

She also states that she became pregnant because she was having unprotected sex, again, even though this means that, as a sex educator, she was engaging in the very behaviour that she strongly advises all of her clients not to engage in.

So, here you have a young woman who was saying one thing and doing the exact opposite – shouldn’t this revelation raise serious doubts about whether she is still doing the same thing now (saying one thing, while living the total polar opposite reality) when she claims that abortion is a good and positive experience?

This contradiction between her words and her deeds speaks of inner conflict and confusion, a conflict and confusion that runs deep and is not likely to have simply disappeared when she became pregnant, or had her abortion.

The other thing that should raise serious questions about the validity of Emily’s testimony is her admission that she found out she was pregnant, and quickly after deciding to have an abortion, one of her first thoughts was: “wait a minute, I have to use this.”

This sentiment screams of ideological bias – a bias that, no matter what the true outcome of the abortion was going to be, had already determined that this video was going to present that abortion as a positive event in order to try and advance a pro-abortion ideology.

Imagine if someone appeared on a jury in a criminal trial, voted for the guilt of the person on trial, and then later admitted, while signing a book deal for their story about the trial, that they had thought to themselves, before voting in favour of the accused’s guilt “wait a minute, I have to use this.”

People would rightly question the validity of what had transpired, because of a confessed prior vested interest in only one outcome – the same principle is true in the Emily Letts story.

At the end of the day, all of this makes me angry – not at Emily Letts, but at the pro-abortion organisations who have quite happily used her as a pawn in their ideological war.

Are the people in these organisations so out of touch with the human experience that they can’t even see the basic red flags that Emily’s testimony and video throws up, or do they just not care enough about who gets thrown under the bus in order to further their pro-abortion cause?

Cross-posted from Brendan Malone at The Leading Edge Blog.

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