The following is an article by Matt Walker, who writes for Battle for Truth. I appreciate Walker’s observation that within comments which were intended to convey a different message, a powerful message, paradoxically as Walker points out, has emerged. The Battle for Truth article can be found HERE. RMF
The Paradox of Emily Letts’ “Positive Abortion Story”
by Matt Walker
In recent weeks the story of Emily Letts’ abortion video, which was produced with the intention of relieving people of their moral guilt after choosing abortion, has gone viral.
Letts is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey, which is where she had her abortion. After her abortion video won the “Abortion Care Network’s Stigma Busting” video contest, it spread to news outlets nationwide.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Heather Wood Rudulph, Letts was asked why she filmed her abortion.
“I searched the Internet, and I couldn’t find a video of an actual surgical procedure in the clinic that focused on the woman’s experience. We talk about abortion so much and yet no one really knows what it actually looks like,” Letts said. “I could have taken the pill, but I wanted to do the one that women were most afraid of. I wanted to show it wasn’t scary – that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story.” She goes on to say that her abortion was the right thing to do because it was right for her.
Although Letts’ response sounds as though she is fully convinced that this was the “right thing” to do, other nuances within her response tell a different story.
She later states, “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.” She continues, “I know there are women who feel great remorse. I have seen the tears. Grieving is an important part of a woman’s process, but what I really wanted to address in my video is guilt.” Additionally, in her post-abortion video she calls her aborted baby a “life,” signifying the acknowledgement of a fetus as a human life.
Abortion has been a long-fought battle on both sides of the fence.
For its advocates, it has been a battle over freedom, for others of us; it has been a battle over life. Yet, this is not an either/or, but, rather, a both/and. This is not a battle over either freedom or life, but, rather, a battle for both freedom and life.
We could discuss how the child in a mother’s womb is not a part of her body and doesn’t belong to her, but, rather, belongs to God, who knit that child together in her womb with His image, which therefore gives her no right to kill that child, but rather to love, nurture, and disciple her child. But that is merely symptomatic of a larger issue – morality.
Friedrich Nietzsche, an atheist philosopher and poet, wrote that, “secular people, losing touch with transcendence, would eventually lose a reference point from which to look down and judge themselves. In the end they would lose even the capacity to despise themselves.” Translation: with the loss of God comes the ambiguity of objective morality. If a society casts out God, it will have no reference point of what is good and what is evil.
This is nothing new. We’ve seen this with the sexual revolution of the sixties, the gay liberation of the seventies, the market place of greed in the eighties, the beginning of the instant self-gratification of the nineties, and the LGBTQ agenda of today.
The incident with Letts is merely symptomatic of the fact that we have lost our objective moral reference point within the larger American culture.
How do we, as followers of Christ, address this issue? Do we lash out at unbelievers with venomous remarks, such as received by Letts, like, “You’re a Nazi!” or “You deserve to die!”? I think not. That would be a morally repugnant position for us to take as we have been saved by grace – God’s unmerited favor. We were once enemies of God, yet He has forgiven us and welcomed us as his children. God didn’t come to make bad people good, but rather, to make dead people live.
As believers, we ought to live, work, and play as those who have been redeemed and are living from a position of joy and gratitude. This will be attractive. This will have an aroma that will draw those around us to the beauty of the gospel, which has the power to save a broken and lost world and correct our country’s course.
Only Christ can redeem and strengthen a broken society such as ours, which is in hot pursuit of abolishing any sense of guilt as Letts illustrates. So, may we be those who pursue Christ, and allow the overflow of His Spirit to pour into every element of our lives, so that others will see that He’s alive, that He’s at work, that his moral law is for our good, and that He’s the one they ought to trust in for the restoration of their soul, their life, and their worldview.
© 2014 by Matt V. Walker
Matt Walker is a Christian apologist, speaker, trainer and writer who serves as the Executive Director of Battle for Truth.