What’s most fascinating about the reactions to Emily Letts’ video of her abortion is the role fantasy plays in
criticisms from the right, and what that generally says about the state of debate over abortion in this country—specifically, the fantasy that there’s a “baby” or even a “fetus” involved in an abortion like Letts’.
Since the video Letts shot of her abortion went viral, the reactions have been varied: There are people who need help resolving their feelings after an abortion, and ostensibly pro-choice people who’ve chided her, saying she isn’t a perfect spokesperson for the cause since she acknowledged that she wasn’t using birth control when she got pregnant.
A key piece of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda failed to pass a senate committee vote Tuesday. The Women’s Reproductive Health Act, which would have expanded access to abortion care in the state, was blocked by Republicans and seems unlikely to pass the legislature this session.
Twenty-five-year-old abortion counselor Emily Letts filmed her abortion and made the non-graphic video public. She discusses why she released the video and how she’s handling reactions, with HuffPost Live and Charlotte Taft, director of the Abortion Care Network.
Reproductive rights advocates at the committee hearing told RH Reality Check that once HB 388 opponents began to testify, most of the committee members left the room.
Emily Letts, an abortion counselor, decided to film her own abortion “to show it wasn’t scary—and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story.” She added that her “hope is that someone somewhere will see this and it will provide some guidance, strength, support, or whatever else they need in that moment. I want to tell that person that you are not alone. Having an abortion does not make you a bad person, a bad woman, a bad mother. Having an abortion does not make you guilty. It is simply one step in your reproductive story. You are not alone. I am here for you. We are all here for you.”
There’s only one remaining abortion clinic in Missouri—a Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis—and anti-choice lawmakers are hell-bent on closing it, introducing nearly 40 anti-choice bills over the past two years.
A new report released Monday, coordinated with a lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, says that returning Peace Corps volunteers see a policy denying them abortion coverage under any circumstances as “punitive and unfair” and think it needs to be changed.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I cover the Fifth Circuit court case regarding hospital admitting privileges in Mississippi, both with a segment and an interview with a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights. Also, Bill O’Reilly blames Beyoncé for teen pregnancy, but does that make any sense at all?
The ban was amended to address some of the most pressing concerns from critics, but opponents of the bill say it is still an unconstitutional restriction on women’s health.