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NPR shocks by airing audio of woman having abortion: ‘Disturbing and evil on every level’

NPR shocks by airing audio of woman having abortion: ‘Disturbing and evil on every level’

NPR shocked social media Thursday when it aired an audio recording of a Michigan woman abortion.

In the 11-minute segment, it was stated that the women were travels to Michigan in “record numbers” seeking abortions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year. The polarizing issue is on the ballot as Michiganders head to the polls on Election Day, and NPR sent reporter Kate Wells to an abortion clinic outside Detroit to observe procedures and talk to patients.

Along the way, Wells met a woman who decided to terminate her pregnancy and allowed NPR to record the audio. The woman miscarried at “about 11 weeks,” according to Wells, who put the spotlight on dimmed lights and “soothing music” that she claimed made it feel “a lot like giving birth.”

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A group of anti-abortion protesters crash the Women's March for Reproductive Rights at Mariachi Plaza in Los Angeles on October 8, 2022.

A group of anti-abortion protesters crash the Women’s March for Reproductive Rights at Mariachi Plaza in Los Angeles on October 8, 2022.
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Listeners were told the woman would be “partially awake” and the sound of a machine terminating her pregnancy was heard as an attendant named Brandy comforted the distraught woman. At one point the woman says that the contractions are too painful as they happen.

“Within just a few minutes, it’s over,” Wells told listeners as the woman moaned.

“You did it,” Brandy said. “You did great.”

Conservative strategist Greg Price reluctantly shared a clip of the NPR audio, which quickly went viral and bitter conservatives.

“I almost didn’t want to tweet this, but it’s something everyone needs to know. NPR played audio of a woman having an abortion on the radio this morning. You can hear the vacuum going on, crying, moaning, and the doctor telling her it’s over. Warning: it’s hard listen,” Price wrote alongside the accompanying audio.

“The left always uses euphemisms when it comes to abortion. ‘Choice’, ‘reproductive care’ etc. But this clip fully shows what abortion really is: violence and the complete dehumanization of the unborn. That’s why it’s important to share. To show the reality,” he wrote Price tweeted.

“So listen to that sound. It’s incredibly difficult, but it’s important,” he added. “Listen to that and then think about how the only show the Democratic Party is giving voters in the midterms is more than that.”

NPR shocked listeners Thursday when it aired audio of a Michigan woman having an abortion.

NPR shocked listeners Thursday when it aired audio of a Michigan woman having an abortion.
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Many on the right questioned NPR’s decision and whether it would backfire, while others were simply appalled.

“It’s hard to imagine what NPR meant with this. But pro-life ads are often removed or rejected because they show how horrible the abortion process is. If NPR’s goal is to normalize abortion, it seems like this lurid segment might have the opposite effect.” , wrote GOP communications hack Matt Whitlock.

NPR did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“This is disturbing and evil on every level,” wrote the conservative Center for Media Research.

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McKayla Wolff, left, and Karen Wolff join hands as they rally for abortion rights at the state capital in St.  Paul, Minn., on July 17, 2022.

McKayla Wolff, left, and Karen Wolff join hands as they rally for abortion rights at the state capital in St. Paul, Minn., on July 17, 2022.
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“I couldn’t bring myself to listen to it. This is not mercy,” author Helen Raleigh wrote.

“So disturbing,” replied author Chadwich Moore, while the Young America’s Foundation responded simply: “Awful.”

Popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok called it “demonic” and journalist Bethany Mandel refused to listen.

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“I will alert this tweet to the fact that I did not and will not listen to it. But this type of tactic, showing Americans the reality of abortion, could really backfire,” Mandel responded.

Guy Benson of Fox News Radio called it “stomach-turning,” and Nicole Silverio of the Daily Caller called it “heartwarming.”

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