A video produced by a counselor at an abortion clinic showing her undergoing the procedure has gone viral, with over 470,000 views on her YouTube site alone, as of Wednesday morning.
Emily Letts, 25, filmed the procedure at her workplace, the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey, as part of a contest, sponsored by the Abortion Care Network, aimed at removing the stigma of abortion.
After winning the competition, Letts wrote a column for Cosmopolitan magazine online saying she wanted to share her "positive abortion story."
"Once I caught my breath, I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. I knew I wasn't ready to take care of a child. The guy wasn't involved in my decision," she wrote.
At the end of the video, she said, "I feel like I talk to women all the time, and they're like, 'of course everyone feels bad about this, of course everyone's going to feel guilty' as if it's a given of people how people should feel about this, that what they're doing is wrong.
"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. Because it was right for me and no one else. I just want to share my story."
The video has attracted both praise and condemnation. Twitter has been abuzz with comments, and the story has also gained extensive coverage in the media.
Anti-abortion groups have accused Letts of glorifying the killing of an unborn child, while pro-choice advocates have had mixed reactions.
Of those who viewed the video on her YouTube page and decided to signal their opinion, more than 6,000 people gave it a thumbs down, while over 1,400 people marked "Like."
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