In a disturbing segment, NPR’s Michigan Morning Edition aired an abortion over the radio Thursday.
The gruesome account was narrated by NPR reporter Kate Wells, who described the experience the unnamed woman had while undergoing an abortion at Northland Family Planning in Detroit.
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“Most patients are partially awake during the procedures; they get IV medication for pain and anxiety,” Wells said at one point. “The lights are dimmed, there’s soothing music; it actually feels a lot like a childbirth, in a medical gown, your bare legs and stirrups, and a person next to you, saying, ‘You can do this.'”
During the NPR segment, listeners heard the loud hum of a vacuum as the woman’s 11-week-old baby was suctioned out of her womb, killing the yet-to-be-born child. (Warning: The below audio may be disturbing to some listeners.)
In a tweet about the segment, Wells wrote, “Abortion clinics are almost always closed to press. But a group of MI clinics generously allowed us to embed with them, [because] abortion rights are on the ballot in Michigan this [November]. But for the [doctors], staff and patients we met there, none of this was about politics.”
The NPR story quickly sparked intense backlash from those in the pro-life community.
Live Action, a pro-life organization led by activist Lila Rose, condemned the segment as a “recording of a murder” and called on politicians to “outlaw abortion now.”
Dan Bartkowiak, communications director for the Pennsylvania Family Council, rebuked it as “heartbreaking,” “sickening,” and “evil.”
Conservative strategist Greg Price tweeted, “The left always talks in euphemisms when it comes to abortion. ‘Choice,’ ‘reproductive care,’ etc. But this clip puts on full display what an abortion actually is: violence and full on dehumanization of the unborn. That’s why it’s important to share. To show reality.”
The NPR segment comes as Michiganders prepare to vote on Election Day on an amendment that could — if approved — codify abortion access into the state’s constitution.
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