Anti-abortion activists were outraged after NPR aired audio of a woman terminating her pregnancy while crying in pain at a Michigan clinic.
NPR reporter Kate Wells played partial audio of a woman crying over cramps while undergoing the suction procedure 11 weeks into her pregnancy.
Wells said the woman told the doctors, “I don’t think I can do this,” while they reassured her, “Yes, I can.”
Although the woman expressed her gratitude to the doctors, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America president Marjorie Dannenfelser criticized NPR for the 11-minute segment, saying it crossed a line.
“It’s horrific and inappropriate for a taxpayer-funded outlet to broadcast the excruciating child and mother moments of an abortion,” Dannenfelser said. Fox news.
“If I were an advertiser, I would question the judgment of abusive viewers who see this death of an 11-week-old human with fingers, eyes, toes and left or right handedness as tragic.”
It comes just as voters in Michigan will decide whether or not to change abortion rights in the state constitution, as reports show abortion travel times have tripled and sales of overseas termination pills have soared since Roe v. Wade was quashed.
Marjorie Dannenfelser (above), president of the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America anti-abortion group, criticized NPR for partially broadcasting sounds of an abortion
NPR reporter Kate Wells played the clip from one of the Northland Family Planning Centers. In it, a patient can be heard crying from the pain of cramps while doctors reassure her
Anti-abortion advocates said it was wrong to play sounds from an abortion clinic. Pictured: A prepared abortion clinic in San Antonio, Texas
In the NPR story, Wells showed what a day at one of the Northland Family Planning Centers entails.
While the story was intended to illustrate how sympathetic abortion clinic staff help women make the difficult decision to terminate their pregnancy, anti-abortion advocates said it had the opposite effect.
The 40 Days for Life group, which opposes abortion, tweeted: “NPR thinks they have done the abortion industry a favor by highlighting the horrific reality of having an abortion. Instead, they have revealed exactly what the pro-life movement has always known: abortions hurt women and kill babies.”
Alexandra DeSanctis Marr, a writer for the conservative National Review, echoed the outrage, writing: “The fact that @NPR thought it would help their cause to share the audio of a woman undergoing an abortion shows how delusional abortion- may be extremists.
“How could anyone really think that was a good idea? Support for unrestricted abortion makes people blind.’
Conservative commentator Matt Whitlock also questioned the news station’s decision to broadcast parts of the abortion procedure.
“Hard to imagine what NPR was thinking about this,” Whitlock tweeted. “But pro-life ads have often been removed or rejected because they show how horrific an abortion process is.
“If NPR’s goal was to normalize abortions, it seems this horrifying segment could have the opposite effect.”
NPR did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Anti-abortion advocates criticized the 11-minute NPR segment on social media
Despite opposition from anti-abortion groups, others thanked NPR for broadcasting the story.
One Twitter user with the Rights and Might handle wrote: “Thanks for presenting this. Women who are hindered in realizing their life goals, crushed by financial problems, prevented from living their lives because male sperm is of the utmost importance.’
Ian Stewart, another Twitter user, said the story worked to convey the harsh realities women endure when seeking abortion.
“This was amazing and incredibly sad and poignant and that’s why we’re reporting it,” Stewart wrote.
Despite opposition from anti-abortion, some listeners thanked NPR for broadcasting the story
Abortion rights remain a hot topic in the nation as several states will vote in November on whether or not to obtain such a right after the Supreme Court overthrows Roe V. Wade.
Democrats have been betting on abortion rights to help them secure midterms, even though most Americans say the economy is their main problem.
Despite this, Dems has spent $320 million on abortion ad campaigns this election cycle, 10 times more than the $31 million on tackling inflation and more than double the mere $140 million on crime advertising, according to AdImpact.
Kansas voters sent a resounding message in early August that they wanted to protect a woman’s right to abortion — but they aren’t the only Americans who will be able to vote on the hot button issue.
By a landslide, a margin of about 20 points, Kansans rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed state lawmakers to restrict or ban abortions in the state of nearly 3 million people.
Even voters in many rural, conservative areas of Kansas voted against the proposal, marking a big win for pro-choice groups after weeks in which many Southern and Midwestern states restricted or banned the procedure.
Voters in Montana, Kentucky and elsewhere will be able to vote on abortions in the coming months after the Supreme Court ruled in June that there was no constitutional right to abortion and referred the issue to the states.
Vothers elsewhere will still have their say on abortion:
Kentucky: Access to abortions in Kentucky ended after the Supreme Court decision triggered a pre-existing trigger law. In November, voters will decide whether to add a language similar to Kansas to the state’s constitution. About 57 percent of voters in Kentucky reject abortion, against 36 percent who support the procedure, says Pew Research Center poll.
Vermont: Access to abortions is already protected in Vermont. Voters will decide in November whether to add abortion rights to the state constitution. It is expected to succeed: 70 percent of Vermonters support access to abortion, compared with 26 percent against, Pew says.
California: Access to abortion is already protected in California. Voters will decide in November whether to include that right in the state’s constitution. It is expected to succeed: 57 percent of voters support abortion rights, 38 percent are against, says Pew.
Pro-choice advocates cheered in Kansas as voters closed a potential road to total abortion ban in state
Montana: Voters will decide in November whether babies born ‘live’ are legal entities and entitled to medical care, including those born alive after unsuccessful terminations. According to Pew, about 56 percent of Montanas support abortion rights, compared to 38 percent who want to ban it.
Michigan: Pro-choice campaigners are collecting signatures in hopes of letting voters decide the state’s abortion rules in November. Voters are 54 percent divided in favor of abortion access versus 42 percent against, Pew says. The issue will also play a role in the race for governor, with pro-choice Democratic incumbent Gretchen Whitmer defending against Tudor Dixon, a staunch pro-life Republican.
Colorado: Abortion is protected by state law in Colorado, but activists are pushing for a ballot initiative in November to let voters decide to ban the “murder of a child,” with exclusions to save a mother’s life. About 59 percent of voters in Colorado support access to abortions, and 36 percent oppose it, Pew says.
Ohio: Republicans dominate state politics and push for a ban on abortions. Democrats are trying to collect enough signatures to take the issue to voters, but that probably won’t happen until 2023. It’s a close-call state, with 48 percent in favor of access to abortion and 47 percent against, Pew says.
Arizona: Campaigners failed to collect enough signatures to put a question about abortion access to voters in November. Although they missed the deadline, they want to try again before 2024. It’s another close-call state, with 49 percent in favor of abortion access and 46 percent against, Pew says.
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