She attempted to show the world the sunny-side of abortion. But did it work?
Undoubtedly, many people have been inspired by her video; others have been horrified. And I?
Here are my thoughts.
0:00-0:14 – We’re introduced to Emily and learn that she works at an abortion clinic where she “talks” with women before their abortion “procedures.”
- “Talks” was in quotations because she didn’t specify exactly what she talks to them about.
- “Procedure” is the word of choice for the rest of the video.
0:15-0:34 – We find out that Emily is pregnant and she’s not excited about that. “I’m not ready for children.”
- Many of my comments will be editorial. Here’s an example of one such comment: How are you surprised by this?! You had sex, and now you’re pregnant. Shocker.
- Her attitude toward having children is also important to note. Now, perhaps you’re expecting me to berate her because having children is a “wonderful thing.” Actually, I can totally understand her fear and unpreparedness. She’s a young, unmarried woman who clearly doesn’t understand who God is, what children are, or how to be a mother. I get her fear. It makes sense.
- So, let’s couple the two ideas above: Knowing from experience how unprepared mothers feel when they find out they’re pregnant, how were you not more careful?!
0:35-0:38 – She’s having an abortion the next day.
- And this is supposed to be normal.
0:39-0:59 We’re introduced to the doctor and then cut back and forth between the doctor’s explanation of the “procedure” and her thoughts.
- She’s comfortable with the decision. She’s supported by everyone.
- “I just want to share my story . . . to show women there such a thing as a positive abortion story.”
- Are you curious what’s so positive about it? You’ll be very outraged to hear what it is.
1:00-1:29 The “procedure” begins.
- The first part shows all of the friendly nurses holding her hand, and she talks about all of the support she has. “I’m a lucky girl.” The nurse tells her she deserves it. She replies, “Everyone deserves it.”
- It’s important to note that the only positive thing that anyone can seem to talk about is how “we’re all here for you.” The experience is warm and fuzzy for Emily because everyone is validating and comforting her.
- With all those good vibrations in the room it must be easy to forget that everyone in the room is also against her baby.
- Self-centeredness will never see the effects it has on other people.
- In addition we need to see this for what it really is – it’s bad propaganda. It’s not even quality. Just because we have a poorly edited glimpse of a smiling face with peppy music in the background doesn’t mean the whole experience is a good one.
1:30-2:10 We listen to the doctor coaching her through the “procedure” and see her reactions.
- It’s apparently not extremely comfortable, but clearly not as painful as giving birth. But we also don’t see the whole “procedure” which makes me wonder a bit what happened when the camera cut. No commentary, just curiosity.
- At 1:58 we hear the doctor chirp, “It’s done. You did great!”
- At 2:05 they’re her “heroes.”
- Lot’s of smiles.
- I wonder how the baby felt about mommy’s heroes?
- I find it very notable that mommy and audience never see the child. Why not? We get to see the organs and cysts and tumors removed from other people. If it’s really no big deal – if it’s really that great – let us see the baby. I mean, fetus. Or was it a “procedure”?
2:11-2:24 “Yeah. Cool. I’m done. Yay! Thank you!”
2:25-3:00 1.5 Months later we’re getting an update.
- Hmmm. That took a long time.
- The first observation she makes: All the women she talks to “all of the time” tell her “of course everyone feels bad about this . . . is going to feel guilty.” Why do you suppose that is? Is it possible that nearly every woman who has an abortion feels that way at some point? You’d think in a culture so California-rolled into their emotions and following their heart, they’d be a little more sensitive to their heart’s shouting when they do something they know is wrong. But I suppose those are the emotions we don’t follow. Those are okay to ignore.
- But then she delivered the seminal point of her video,
“I don’t feel like a bad person. I don’t feel sad. I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby; I can make a life. I knew that what I was going to do was right cause it was right for me and no one else. I just want to share my story.“
- As a professional counselor, I have two surface issues with this climactic moment: 1. She wasn’t particularly convincing. 2. Why did it take nearly two months to hear about how “right” this decision was? She knew she was going to share it with the world – she recorded everything leading up to it – you’d think she’d be a little more on the ball. Unless of course, it took her that long to convince herself that she wasn’t a bad person. Everyone else was apparently trying pretty hard to.
- And finally we come to the one positive thought she emerged with. What about this whole experience left her in awe? “I can make a baby; I can make life.”1. She’s so in awe that her body made a life she wanted to kill it?! “Excuse me sir, why did you blow up your house?” “Well, I was so awed by the fact I built it with my own two hands, I had to destroy it.” That was her takeaway?!
2. Did she just admit that what was in her, what she had removed via a “procedure,” was actually a baby? A life? Does that mean that snuffing out the life her body made could possibly mean she’s a murderer? Did she just shoot her entire pro-abortion video in the foot? Yes and yes and yes and yes.
Please congratulate me, I just watched my first legal murder.
“Yay! You’re my heroes!”
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”
Ephesians 4:17-20 “Walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way.”
I was tempted not to post the video because of how disturbing the content is, but I knew many of you would find it somewhere else anyway. Here it is.
Do not watch this if you believe the Lord would not be glorified by you watching it.
I tried my best to explain it so you wouldn’t have to watch it.
Matt Walsh has some additional comments and a whole lot more angst here. He does a fantastic job verbally eviscerating her video and an equally amazing job visually dismembering it. But please be aware that Matt’s article contains disturbing images.
AiG also has a good article you can read here.