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Abortion’s race to the bottom: a webinar on making an “abortion stigma busting video”

by | Oct 14, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Emily Letts

Emily Letts

A friend forwarded a link with the comment, “Just when you think you’ve seen it all.” My response is that the whole point of signing up for a “free webinar on how to make a video for the Let It Out: Abortion Stigma Busting Video Competition” is that they will never be satisfied until we have seen it all—all, that is, but the shards of body parts floating in a pool of blood.

You’ll remember (how could anyone forget?) Emily Letts. Letts, an aspiring actress, who was the co-winner in 2013. Now, perhaps as a way of expressing her gratitude for being elevated from an obscure abortion clinic “counselor” (we are told she is now a “former advocate in abortion care”) into a pro-abortion star, she is joining her co-winner, Katie Gillum, to “present a how to webinar for anyone who is interested in making a video for Let It Out. Topics” this coming Friday.

So, what is the objective? Breaking the “stigma” surrounding abortion by “telling your story.” That could take the form, we learn, of “your own or a loved one’s abortion experience, outrage over current politics, or calling out those who would stigmatize us.”

We could take this in any number of directions. Here are two.

Ending the “stigma” is actually a small part of the campaign, or, perhaps better put, only a very, very small first step. Even having to talk about “stigma” invites a conversation about why having an abortion has a stigma attached to it. There shouldn’t be any, because, as we talk about elsewhere today, there is “no such thing as a ‘bad’ abortion,” in the words of pro-abortion propagandist Katha Pollitt. It’s all in your (the opponent’s) head, so to speak, a carryover from [fill-in-the-blank].

Second, there really is an irony to this all this blather about “telling stories” and elevating the annihilation of hapless children into a sisterhood-forming bond.

Once upon a time, in one of the sillier pro-abortion rants, we were told, “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.”

This served a number of purposes, including reducing any opposition from men to nothing more than gross hypocrisy, taking a snide shot at people of faith, particularly the Catholic Church, and, of course, construing the taking of a child’s life as “tak[ing] responsibility for my own life, “ as Gloria Steinem once said, explaining her own abortion.

But for people like Letts and the sponsors of this nauseous contest having an abortion is a secular sacrament—“sacred ground,” as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) once creepily described it.

Read them talk about the lyrical language in which abortion is disguised—read Letts, if you can stomach it—and you realize that exterminating unborn children who mysteriously show up (as if they were beamed in unannounced from outer space) is a quasi-spiritual experience. And, of course, if he or she merits even a syllable of attention, we are told that they are disposed of “for their own good.”

But how does merely whining about how people didn’t support your decision to abort possibly compete with the likes of Letts, who videotaped her child’s final moments, put them up on YouTube, and then rhapsodized about the “love”? Pretty tough competition.

As she told Cosmopolitan magazine

“I knew the cameras were in the room during the procedure, but I forgot about them almost immediately. I was focused on staying positive and feeling the love from everyone in the room. I am so lucky that I knew everyone involved, and I was so supported. 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.”

We may have thought we’ve “seen it all.” But as long as we have Emily Letts and the Abortion Care Network, there will always be a race to the bottom for more.

Categories: Abortion