An Abortion Video So Personal It Might Be Hard To Believe She Shared It With You

I'm not here to go on an "abortion is right!" or "abortion is wrong!" tangent because that's a you-make-up-your-own-mind kind of thing. But I am here to say that it is a very personal decision, and I respect women enough for us to decide what is best for our *own* lives.

The woman in this video, named Emily, does just that: decides what's best for her life. But the twist here is that she bravely shares that decision with the world.

Trigger warning: There is non-graphic footage of an abortion procedure here. For most, it should be OK to watch, but some may have a higher sensitivity to it. Use your best judgment.

From Emily: "This is my story. This is ONLY my story. I do not pretend that it is anything more or anything less. I do not speak for everyone on this sensitive subject and I respect everyone's opinions as long as they do not force them onto others."

I think that is nicely put, and I hope it's something we can all respect, too.

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Emily: Let's just talk. My name is Emily Lepps [SP]. Hi. Hi. I am a patient advocate of the Cherry Home Women's Center. I talk with women before their abortion procedures. I found out that I am pregnant. Hey I'm pregnant. [sighs] So, I'm pretty early. I'm not ready to have children. Yeah, I'm going to be having an abortion tomorrow morning.

Doctor: What I need you to do is raise up the back of your gown.

Emily: OK.

Doctor: Have a seat right at the edge of the table.

Emily: I'm OK because I feel completely like, comfortable with the decision. I'm supported by everyone.

Nurse: I'll be by your side the whole time during the procedure. If you need a hand to hold, I'll be here.

Emily: I just want to share my story. To show women that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story. I got a lot of hands. I got a lot of support. Pretty lucky girl.

Nurse: Pass it on.

Emily: Yeah, that's exactly what I'm going to do, pass this on. I'm a lucky girl.

Nurse: You deserve it.

Emily: Everyone deserves it.

[Music]

Doctor: Emily here comes one. Nice deep breath in. In and out, OK? Here comes a cramp. [Just like before], blow it out.

Emily: I am strong.

Doctor: All right, we're done! Very good! We're going to wipe off and get clean. You did great! You're a little trooper there!

Emily: Oh my God, you guys are my heroes. Yeah. Cool. Feeling good. I'm done. Yay!

Doctor: Ready?

Emily: Yup. Let's go!

Nurse: Alright, we got her.

Emily: It is about a month and a half after the procedure now. I feel like I talk to women all the time and they're like "Of course everyone feels bad about this. Of course everyone is going to feel guilty," as if it's a given 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.

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When you consider that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their reproductive lives, Emily's story is just one of many. But even though it's not uncommon, here's a great example that shows how far off the media's portrayal is.

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Jun 06, 2014

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