NORMAN — “Repellent” is a fairly strong word that, if used too often, loses its power. It has such potency that I reserve it just for things that make my stomach turn and my head spin, things that make me question humanity, things that have a rancid smell and an ugly outer shell.
Emily Letts is one of those rare creatures who fits my idea of “repellent.” In fact, Emily and the whole Planned Parenthood crew that support her are prima facie evidence that the world is filled with what Hannah Arendt famously referred to as the “banality of evil.”
At the risk of giving her more notoriety than she has already garnered, Emily Letts is the woman who found out she was pregnant, didn’t want the baby, didn’t have any intention of paying for her roll in the hay with nine months of drudgery and chose to have an abortion.
That is already something I reject on principle, the idea that a human life, even one so infinitesimally small that it can fit on the head of a pin with the dancing angels, is disposable because someone had a little too much fun in the sheets.
But this isn’t just the case of a woman who chose to have an abortion, something that Planned Parenthood advocates with a zeal that surprises even some of its (former) employees. Here we have an extremely short-term mother who decided that not only would she dispose of her baby but that she would film herself in flagrante, preserving for posterity her narcissism.
In one of her numerous interviews to the media which — surprise — was fascinated by her stunt, Letts said, “I feel super great about having an abortion.”
Being the language snob that I am, the first thing that jumps off the page with this comment is the sophomoric phraseology, the use of one adjective to modify another. Clearly, this young lady did not go to Catholic school or the nuns would have taught her to pay better attention to the grammar.