When Emily discovered she was pregnant, the woman wasn’t ready for it and nor did she want to go ahead with having the baby. She decided to have an abortion and share her experience with women who were in the same situation. At first Emily, who coincidentally happens to be an abortion counselor, simply wanted to blog about it, but ended up making a video.
She explained why she made the video:
“We talk about abortion so much and yet no one really knows what it actually looks like. A first trimester abortion takes three to five minutes. It is safer than giving birth. There is no cutting, and risk of infertility is less than 1 percent. Yet women come into the clinic all the time terrified that they are going to be cut open, convinced that they won’t be able to have kids after the abortion. The misinformation is amazing, but think about it: They are still willing to sacrifice these things because they know that they can’t carry the child at this moment.”
“I could have taken the pill, but I wanted to do the one that women were most afraid of. I wanted to show it wasn’t scary — and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story. It’s my story.”
Well, Emily’s intentions weren’t as well received as she expected. She has been called on shows and questioned over her actions. Comments on her video include the likes of “You’re a Nazi,” “You deserve to die,” and “You killed your baby.”
She has been called an abortion seductress and her act likened to Satanism. She has been accused of ‘marketing abortion to the American public.’
But she has gotten positive feedback as well.
She describes how she felt when she posted the video on her Facebook wall:
“I was expecting this tsunami of hateful, scary things, but everyone was so breathtakingly supportive. People who I have never talked to started writing their own abortion stories.
I had one woman who messaged me saying she'd had an abortion that week and she was plagued with guilt. Her boyfriend called her a killer, but she said she was recovering well and appreciated the video. Another woman told me she'd had a miscarriage and that because of my video she felt like she could talk to me about it. Just all of these things started pouring out of women.”
It’s amazing to see the outrage the video is causing. There is nothing graphic about it and she is recording something that is her personal choice. Emily cannot use this footage to convince to do something they do not want to. If anything, she talks about safe ways to get an abortion without taking undue risks.
Now abortion is a precarious topic. People feel very strongly about it. For pro-lifers, this video is an abomination, but for those who have to go through an abortion either by choice or due to circumstances, this is something they would like to see. Not every woman going through an abortion is confident of her decision. In fact, most of them are doubtful and full of guilt. It all boils down to choice and opinions. We may or may not agree with her decision, but surely a person has the freedom to express it freely without getting called a Satan or getting death threats?