Earlier this year, Emily Letts posted a video on YouTube that she claimed documented her early first trimester abortion.
The video was hailed by pro-choice activists, but some pro-life advocates are suggesting that the 3-minute video was actually faked in order to win an "Abortion Stigma Busting" video competition created by the Abortion Care Network and the 1 in 3 Campaign, notes The Christian Post.
Letts is a former actress who currently works as an abortion counselor at the Cherry Hill Women's Center in New Jersey.
Jen Boulanger, communications director for Cherry Hill Women's Center, is a member of the Abortion Care Network.
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Some of the questions that have been raised are the gestational age of Letts' pregnancy, the fact that no video of the actual procedure was filmed and that Boulanger helped coordinate the video contest.
Kristen Iglesias wrote an article at ClashDaily.com in which she demanded to see proof of Letts' pregnancy.
Iglesias notes that Letts told Cosmopolitan magazine that she was “only two to three weeks” pregnant, but did not show evidence "in the video of a positive pregnancy test" or "give a date that confirms her last menstrual period" or "show an ultrasound picture."
Letts said in the Cosmopolitian article that she does have a sonogram of her pregnancy.
Iglesias also links to Baby2see.com, which states:
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Transabdominal ultrasound cannot reliably diagnose pregnancies that are less than 6 weeks gestation. Transvaginal ultrasound, by contrast, can detect pregnancies earlier, at approximately 4 ½ to 5 weeks gestation. Prompt diagnosis made possible by transvaginal ultrasound can, therefore, result in earlier treatment.
The first that you can usually see on a transvaginal ultrasound (around 5+ weeks) is the gestational sac (GA). The gestational sac is a structure that surrounds the embryo and can be seen even before the embryo is visible. About 7-10 days later the embryo can be seen on transvaginal ultrasound at around 6w3d plus the fetal heart beat.