HEART OF DARKNESS

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized

I fear for Emily Letts:

Emily Letts, a counselor at a New Jersey abortion clinic, decided to film her own abortion and post it on YouTube as a form of positive inspiration to women who are contemplating having the procedure but worry that they might feel guilty afterward.

Letts has no such guilt. She recalls the procedure with fondness. She even describes it as “birth-like,” and said it made her feel good, just like giving birth would.

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.”

The disturbing video has been viewed 10,000 times on YouTube. During the three-minute procedure, she repeatedly tells herself how lucky she is. She also hums to herself.

After the abortion is over, she says, “Cool. I feel good.”

Letts writes that having an abortion and giving birth produce similarly happy feelings. Despite aborting her child, she kept the sonogram.

“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.”

Do you remember how people sometimes describe suicide as “the coward’s way out?”  That might be true in some cases (Adolf Hitler’s, say) but I don’t think it’s true in all of them and here’s why.  How do you suppose you would feel if you’d spent your entire life ignoring, suppressing or quenching your conscience only to feel your conscience explode back into existence all at once?  What would you do?

I imagine that you’d do anything you could to end that agony.

UPDATE: Chesterton on suicide.

The rise in suicide has been accompanied by a loss of the moral questions that once surrounded it. G. K. Chesterton was one of our last full-throated critics of suicide. His insistence that suicide is immoral sounds strange to our individualistic ears: “Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin,” Chesterton wrote: “It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as he is concerned he wipes out the world.” Chesterton goes on to say that the act of suicide is selfish: “A suicide is a man who cares so little for anything outside him, that he wants to see the last of everything.” It would be difficult to imagine anyone writing such a polemic today. We do not consider suicide the moral catastrophe that people like Chesterton once thought it was.

UPDATE:  There may still be hope.  FW Ken directs your attention to this outstanding comment from the Anchoress.

If you let yourself become distracted by what is coming from her mouth, you miss all that is revealed in her face, which tells the whole, and very different story. A month after the abortion — with the dramatic change in hairstyle that so many women effect when emotions are high and they need to feel in control of something — watch Emily, then. The light is gone from her eyes. The seeming disconnect between pc-fed head and instinctive heart is laid out in breathtaking and stark incongruity, even down to the shadows, the blue note, the lack of energy. Devastating. Cognizant of it or not, she is a mother in grief.

27 Comments to HEART OF DARKNESS

midwestnorwegian
May 6, 2014

She made her “choice”.

The choice between heaven and hell.

Let’s pray she is shown the light before her own life comes to an end, or is ended.

SouthCoast
May 6, 2014

This is demonic. In every sense of the word.

Allen Lewis
May 6, 2014

this is just Evil, pure and simple.

I will have to pray that this woman comes to her senses in time.

Don Janousek
May 6, 2014

There is something ultimately evil and twisted about a “mother” watching and re-watching the murder of her child and then feeling “good.”

“… wasted trees without fruit, twice dead,…Jude, !:12

FW Ken
May 6, 2014

Ya’ll can laugh at me, but this bit of evil strolls me as the same evil that kidnapped those 200+ Nigerian girls to sell as sex slaves. How, you say, are they the same? First, they turn human persons into objects. Then they use the objects to further their personal goals. True evil.

J. Stuart Little
May 6, 2014

Since we all (US citizens) pay for it through the (un)Affordable Car Act maybe we all need to be on our knees asking forgiveness.

FW Ken
May 6, 2014

The Anchoress has a good take on this:

If you let yourself become distracted by what is coming from her mouth, you miss all that is revealed in her face, which tells the whole, and very different story. A month after the abortion — with the dramatic change in hairstyle that so many women effect when emotions are high and they need to feel in control of something — watch Emily, then. The light is gone from her eyes. The seeming disconnect between pc-fed head and instinctive heart is laid out in breathtaking and stark incongruity, even down to the shadows, the blue note, the lack of energy. Devastating. Cognizant of it or not, she is a mother in grief.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/theanchoress/2014/05/06/belying-all-her-good-abortion-words-her-face/

decani
May 6, 2014

Chasing links, I find myself more drawn to the sub-text: The rise of narcissism vs. one’s responsibility to society (or God’s creation depending on your viewpoint).

Someone, (perhaps Chesterton himself?), once compared the martyr to the suicide: The first gives up his life to save the world; the second gives up on the world to “save” himself.

A similar argument is often made about the difference between Eastern religions and Christianity: The first is basically inwardly-looking, focusing on how the individual can become a better person; the latter is (or should be) outward looking, focusing on how one honors God and His creation.

FWIW, I have always regarded Robin Williams’s “Dead Poet’s Society” as being an inferior ripoff on Maggie Smiths’s “Prime of Miss Brodie”, which I think creates a better balance between the benefits and perils of a “Lead Out” approach to education.

Don Janousek
May 6, 2014

Bragging Alert: On Friday, May 9, my oldest of three sons will receive his PhD. My only daughter will accompany me to the event. He, of course, did all the work, but I, as the father, have God-given bragging rights. I think they are defined somewhere in Deuteronomy.

On the other hand, if his Mother had aborted him, we could all spend Friday evening watching and re-watching his murder – and feel good, too.

I hope this woman repents – and I hope she is ready to deal with, with God’s help, the horror of her actions.

Truth unites... And divides
May 7, 2014

What if that was Obama’s mother doing the humming while she was aborting him? Horrible.

stephen
May 7, 2014

If an abortion is just a medical procedure, why are there counselors to encourage people to have them?

LaVallette
May 7, 2014

The Vatican has been told by the United Nations that its opposition to birth control and abortion puts it in contravention of UN Convention Against Torture: “These groups, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and the Center for Reproductive Rights, claim that the Catholic Church’s handling of child-sexual-abuse accusations against priests and the church’s stand on birth control and abortion amount to violations of the Convention Against Torture.”
(http://online.wsj.com/news/articles SB10001424052702304178104579534370116475920

Katherine
May 7, 2014

Let me add my prayers for this tortured soul.

And LaVallette, that item about SNAP supporting such an outrageous accusation further degrades my opinion of SNAP. They started out with the intention of helping those who were abused (or I suppose they did) but they went way off the edge.

The Little Myrmidon
May 7, 2014

Somewhere in one of the links I read that this woman is 25 years old. She doesn’t appear to be married. She refers to her abortion several times as being like giving birth. Has she ever actually given birth? If she had, she would know that there is nothing else like it. She’s a very silly, irresponsible, deluded girl.

Allen Lewis
May 7, 2014

Katherine-
There is something about Catholic baiting which is as irresistible as Pogroms. Have not figured out why yet.

The Little Myrmidon
May 7, 2014

And I mean “girl” in the most perjorative possible sense.

Dale Matson
May 7, 2014

I don’t see much difference between her video (Which I did not watch) and a snuff film. I believe for those who advocate abortion, the video will be counterproductive.

Fuinseoig
May 7, 2014

I think the Anchoress may be onto something. Why on earth does that girl (and she’s only 25, she’s a girl) say “I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab”?

If the “contents of the uterus”, particularly during the first trimester, aren’t a person, much less a baby, and it’s only like having your appendix out, why would you keep a photo of your appendix or tonsils?

To quote from the Sherlock Holmes story “A Scandal in Bohemia”:

“It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the Darlington Substitution Scandal it was of use to me, and also in the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; an unmarried one reaches for her jewel-box.”

If the first thing she’d grab was her sonogram and not her iPhone or wallet or expensive coffee-maker, then…?

FW Ken
May 7, 2014

More is coming out about the professional victims of SNAP as time goes on. Recently, they held close knowledge of an abusing priest until they could arrange a press conference. They didn’t tell the police or the archdiocese. They told the media

http://www.themediareport.com/2014/04/29/snap-publicity-before-kids/

David Clohessy, it turns out, covered up his brother’s abuse of children in the 90s.

There is more. Check out The Media Report for repeated exposes of SNAP. In an honest media environment, SNAP would already be a dead issue. I would also like to see a study of where they get their funding.

FW Ken
May 7, 2014

Congratulations on the Ph.D., Don. Who would have thought an irascible old coot like you could make such good kids. :-)

Jacob Morgan
May 7, 2014

decani, Chesterton wrote that in Orthodoxy.

The person in this case loves her half-baked ideology more than her child…is there anything such a person can not justify?

The wife and I have three children, and it is astonishing how different they are in personalities. Much of that was set at conception, if they had not made it from conception to birth that unique personality would never have existed. Babies are not interchangable, they certainly are not commodities, each “lump of tissue” is an eternal soul and a unique personality. Even if the person in this story chooses to give birth to a future conception, it will not not replace the first, as it will not be the same as the first. Her first offspring, completely unique in all of human history, is lost to this world forever.

Cheyan
May 7, 2014

Fuinseoig, I think you’re on to something. I would have happily kept a picture of the ultrasound of my misbehaving thyroid, if one had been offered to me. (If for no other reason than to remind myself that, yes, I really did have to have half of it taken out because it really was squashing the rest of my neck, and so the uncomfortable scar and the annoying daily medication really are worth it. Besides, internal organs look neat.)

But even if I’d been offered a copy and had kept it, I wouldn’t save it before anything else. I mean, assuming my son was safely elsewhere and all of his favorite toys were with him and so were his baby pictures and my wedding photos (i.e. things that this woman wouldn’t have to consider in the saving-from-a-fire question), I can still think of ten things I’d save before I even remembered the thyroid picture was in danger, and then I think I would save ten other things before I’d even think about grabbing the thyroid picture.

Lina
May 7, 2014

On one side of my family we are descended from the 13th child, my great grandfather on my father’s mother’s side was #12, and my grandfather on my father’s father’s side was #10. I am here by the barest of threads.

Increible!

Dale Matson
May 7, 2014

FW Ken,
“Congratulations on the Ph.D., Don. Who would have thought an irascible old coot like you could make such good kids.” They favor their mother.

Suburbanbanshee
May 7, 2014

Extreme depression can manifest this way, and it’s fairly common to feel a false relief when you’ve done something reprehensible. Since what she did was so unthinkable, her brain will tend to react to all the discordant feelings by trying to make itself happy and convinced. This sort of conscience-muffling can last for years.

But it doesn’t make thoughts and feelings go away entirely. The body tends to avenge itself on the brain by feeling upset anyway (accentuated by the physical trauma and usually-bad after-abortion care provided by abortuaries). The person tends to become very brittle, because so much effort is going into not thinking the wrong thoughts or feeling the wrong feelings.

dominic1955
May 7, 2014

I will predict that within 20 years she will either convert and be rabidly pro-life or will have killed herself.

I saw a person like her in the flesh once,cavalierly discussing how she might have a second abortion now that she was pregnant again. I also “saw” (sensed, felt, intuited-no word I can think of really describes it) what I could only think of as a demon along side. It was absolutely horrifying.

The same sort of feigned cheeriness, the same sort of “drive”, the almost incoherent crazy talk, the same vacous emptied living dead look. That said, I’m overjoyed I didn’t have to see her “companion”…

Daniel Muller
May 8, 2014

It turns out — “Science says,” for those who find that more convincing — that the the baby will always be a part of her.

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