Now, I could be wrong about this. I am not saying that I am 100% certain that Emily Letts did not film a surgical abortion being done on herself – but there are just too many things that don’t seem to make sense about her video and her follow-up story published on Cosmopolitan.
This is purely my own speculation and opinion, but I really cannot convince myself that the video is real, and I have watched it several times. Here are some of my reasons:
- I do not believe that Emily Letts was pregnant to begin with. She shows no proof in the video of a positive pregnancy test or even gives a date that confirms her last menstrual period. She does not even show an ultrasound picture, which she claims that she will forever hold onto.
- She tells Cosmo that she was “only two to three weeks” pregnant. What does that mean? Two to three weeks from conception or two to three weeks from her last menstrual period? Also, it is very unrealistic that someone who is sexually active and NOT on birth control is not monitoring their period to know if they skip one. She even said that she didn’t want to use birth control pills, so she would keep track of her ovulation to know when not to have sex. Someone who monitors their ovulation would know if they skipped a period and purposefully take a pregnancy test, not on a whim. Yes, I understand that some people have a period while they are pregnant, but it is not likely. Emily said that she happened to take a pregnancy test at the clinic just for the heck of it, and then schedules her abortion then next day after telling her manager.
- Emily finds out that she is “pregnant” at work, has an abortion the next day, and decides within those [few days] [CORRECTION: Emily did not state that she had the abortion the day after finding out, within 24 hours] that she thinks it would be a great idea to film it to show her “positive abortion experience”. What a coincidence that all of this happens right before there is a video contest out by the Abortion Care Network, for women to make video under 3 minutes to show their positive abortion experience, in order to remove the stigma about abortion that they claim society has made. The contest had a cash prize for the winners and a $100 donation to an abortion charity of the winner’s choice. And, yes – she was one of the winners.
- Emily tells Cosmo that she has been a “professional actress for years”, and after not liking acting because of the way she saw herself, she decided to become a trained “abortion doula”. When I watched the video the first time, from the very beginning when she states that she is pregnant, I honestly thought that she was acting. Maybe it is just the way she talks – but it honestly just seems to be acting and it looks like she is lying. (Again, my personal opinion).
- Where is the father of the baby? The only thing that Emily says about the potential father is that he was not involved in her decision. I would like to see this man come forward and give his thoughts on her decision to abort his child. I would think that after the video becoming so popular that there would be speculation about the father’s thoughts on it.
UPDATE (5/8/2014) – Here are a few other reasons others have brought up that may also raise some eyebrows about the truth in Emily Letts’ claims and video:
From Tim Young: “Being able to film with only a 24-hour turnaround in conjunction with privacy laws, etc. and waivers they would have to go through is the real teller here.”
Also, after speaking to a nurse sonographer, here is some information I found out about ultrasounds early in the pregnancy and gestational stages:
Emily never confirmed if she was “two to three” weeks from her last menstrual period, which is the universal way to measure a pregnancy since you can never truly know based on conception. She should know this especially if she works at an abortion clinic, because it is how the abortion clinics also measure how far along a pregnancy is. If she was 3 weeks from her last menstrual period, she would not be able to see the yolk sac on an ultrasound, even with a transvaginal scan. According to Baby2See.com:
Transabdominal ultrasound cannot reliably diagnose pregnancies that are less than 6 weeks gestation. Transvaginal ultrasound, by contrast, can detect pregnancies earlier, at approximately 4 ½ to 5 weeks gestation. Prompt diagnosis made possible by transvaginal ultrasound can, therefore, result in earlier treatment.
While a gestational sac is sometimes seen as early as during the 4th week of gestation, it may not be seen until the end of the 5th week, when the serum hCG levels have risen to 2500 – 3500 mIU/mL.
At this early stage of pregnancy, the gestational sac already contains the yolk sac, embryonic disk, and amnion, but these structures are too small to be visualized by sonography.
I don’t believe she would have even been able to confirm a viable pregnancy at this stage through an ultrasound, viable meaning that there is a heartbeat. Even if it was 3 weeks after conception, that would also be 5 weeks after the last menstrual period.
These are just a few reasons why I think the video is a farce. In my opinion, I think that the idea for this video was fabricated by the staff at The Cherry Hill Women’s Center when they found out about this abortion video contest.
I think that they chose to use Emily because she is young and pretty and has experience in acting. I think it was meant to attract pro-choice donors for their clinic and for propaganda to deceive women into thinking that guilt for abortion comes from society.
I also think that Emily Letts is just using this sensitive issue to advance herself and get on a “Sandra Fluke” level for “women’s rights”. What do you think? Should Emily show us proof of her pregnancy to begin with? I think so. Sure, I could be wrong, but I don’t think I have anything to lose.