CHERRY HILL, N.J. (PIX11) — A counselor at a women’s health clinic in New Jersey decided to film her abortion and share it with the world, and she says she did it to support other women.
Emily Letts works as a patient advocate at the Cherry Hill Women’s Shelter. When the 25-year-old found out she was a few weeks pregnant, she said she knew she wasn’t ready to take care of a child.
Letts decided to have the procedure done at the clinic where she worked.
“I just want to share my story,” Letts said, “to show women that there is such thing as a positive abortion story.”
The video is not graphic. Letts seems fairly relaxed and the whole procedure lasts about five minutes.
In a column for Cosmopolitan, Letts said she did receive hateful comments after posting the video on Facebook. “..I got ‘You’re a Nazi,’ ‘You deserve to die,’ You killed your baby,'” Letts told the magazine. “Just so much blind hatred without knowing who I am or what I’m about.”
Despite some negative comments, Letts said she loves the video and received a lot of support.
“Our society breeds this guilt. We inhale it from all directions,” she said in her column.
“I was able to learn and move forward. And I am grateful that I can share my story and inspire other women to stop the guilt.”