“Birth-Like” Abortion And Gosnell’s Reckoning

As emotionally charged a topic as abortion is, it’s not difficult to imagine that if I were to solicit fitting descriptors of the practice from the average person, they might run the gamut between “barbaric” and “a woman’s choice”, all depending of course upon which side of the divide that person happens to fall. Needless to say, any such list of adjectives would be extensive.

Buried at the bottom of it, however–landing just after “grim” and “macabre”– comes a section of outliers that don’t see the light of day often. Not that they’re explicit or upsetting, mind you. No, it’s just that “cool” or “birth-like” are generally descriptive of other things.

The Fonz was cool. As for “birth-like”, well, birth itself is frankly the only thing quite befitting of “birth-like”. But what do I know?

That didn’t stop Emily Letts, an abortion counselor in New Jersey, from dredging up those very descriptions as she had her own abortion recorded for posterity–her posterity, anyway; the dead having none–and uploaded to YouTube.

From the Daily Caller:

Letts, whose job involves encouraging women to have abortions, sees her own abortion as an entirely positive experience, and hopes the video will prove to be both instructional and morally persuasive. She feels better about herself every time she watches the video, according to Cosmopolitan.

“Still, every time I watch the video, I love it,” she wrote. “I love how positive it is. I think that there are just no positive abortion stories on video for everyone to see. But mine is.”

“I remember breathing and humming through it like I was giving birth,” she wrote. “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.”

In the waning seconds before a person’s home is reduced to cinders, family photos are often–understandably–those personal affects saved first, as they catalog the special moments of special people who lived and drew breath. Ms. Lett’s sonogram bears witness to something else entirely. Where family photos show a person at the noontide of their existence, this one shows life at its twilight, one marked for termination to show the masses how positively “positive” the whole affair is.

If Ms. Letts’ intention for this stunt was solely to publicly disseminate the supposed benign nature of an abortion, she may find that it is destined to soundly backfire.

The reason is simple: the cultural pendulum has long since swung the opposite direction regarding abortion, from the 1970’s pro-choice mainstay to an inertia that squarely favors the pro-life side. The winds of public sentiment have shifted over four decades, and in a direction that looks disapprovingly on the practice as a whole.

Demonstrating the “positive” aspects of an abortion will simply not work on someone from the pro-life side of the debate, who has long since decried the procedure as murder, morally reprehensible or otherwise just not for them. They’ve already decided this video is a travesty. Pro-choicers on the far side of the spectrum hardly need convincing as to the utility of it, either. Their minds are made as well, having decided that “abortion isn’t a barbaric procedure”, so full steam ahead.

The only segment of society that could conceivably be influenced by this video are whom I would call “mainstream” pro-choicers: those who adopt a more or less neutral stance regarding abortion, but who generally believe it’s ultimately the woman’s call.

My sense is that instead of serving as a springboard for societal acceptance among this group, they’ll instead be in the position of having to defend the objectively cavalier attitude of Ms. Letts as she partakes of an already unpopular procedure, in a video that strategically omits the unsavory elephant lingering outside the camera’s view. No amount of absentminded humming or self-directed pep talk distracts from the unborn life being snuffed out by the functional equivalent of a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Everyone knows the end result of an abortion, and for those in the “middle” of the debate who are likely squeamish about it to begin with, Letts’ automaton demeanor in her “positive abortion video” serves only as a glaring disconnect from the fact that something is dying just outside of view.

~ Ms. Letts may be trying to demonstrate that abortion doesn’t have to be a “barbaric procedure” in her visually sterilized, “aw shucks” vignette, which then immediately makes one curious of her moral positioning regarding Kermit Gosnell.

Never heard of him? It’s OK. Not everyone has. Gosnell was a Pennsylvania abortion “doctor” who has recently earned the disreputable distinction of being America’s most prolific serial killer.

As part of his “practice”, he had a penchant for hopscotching over abortion in utero and skipping straight to delivering a healthy, gargling baby right before stabbing them in the back of the neck with scissors. Though exact numbers aren’t known, it’s believed he’s responsible for killing even thousands of babies in similar ways.

Despite the extent and duration of his butchery–in addition to “snipping” their necks, he had a fetish for jarring their limbs afterwards–the mainstream media, who fell over themselves to cover the Jody Arias, OJ Simpson and George Zimmerman murder trials, largely twiddled their thumbs and soundly ignored the story.

Gosnell killed more than Gary Ridgeway, John Wayne Gacey, the Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy combined, but because the murders were committed in the name of one of the Left’s pet causes, the media balked and Gosnell became synonymous with “nothing to see here”.

Enter independant filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney. In response to a derelict mainstream media, they’ve created the largest crowdfunded movie campaign in U.S. history, seeking to tell Gosnell’s story in a made-for-TV movie.

As of this writing, the campaign is about $170,000 short of their $2.1 million goal, with six days left.

The pair is on to something important. Where the media shirks their responsibility in reporting relevant news for the public’s consumption, it is going to be increasingly incumbent upon independent sources to do the work themselves. Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson found that out as well. When powers-that-be at CBS started stonewalling her attempts to uncover the truth about Benghazi, among other stories, she resigned in protest and forged her own path.

Gosnell is no different. If there’s a story being intentionally drowned out by the “old” media, interested parties will need to abandon them and charge forward themselves. Truth is uncomfortable. Details surrounding Gosnell, are dark, but should be known.

Sunlight would work wonders.

Rinse and repeat.




About Michael Haugen

Michael Haugen is a full-spectrum conservative and recent graduate from Eastern Washington University (BS Biology). His main interests in politics and public policy center around health care, education and tax reform. He'll be returning to EWU in 2014 to complete a Master's degree in Public Administration. Follow him on Twitter: @HaugenTRA

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