NPR Airs Abortion Procedure; Listeners Hear Patient’s Cries

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Anti-abortion activists hold a moment of prayer during a protest outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on January 20, 2022 in Washington, DC. The protest was organized by the Purple Sash Revolution and Priests for Life, calling for defunding and replacing of Planned Parenthood. On Friday, thousands of anti-abortion activists are expected in Washington, DC for the annual March For Life. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • NPR put an abortion procedure on air as part of a segment on a debate in Michigan over whether the state will enforce its pre-Roe v. Wade ban on abortion.
  • “Most patients are partially awake during the procedures,” the reporter says. “They get IV medication for pain and anxiety. The lights are dimmed. There’s soothing music. It actually feels a lot like a childbirth.”
  • Listeners could hear a loud instrument, presumably a vacuum, running and the patient crying and saying she couldn’t breathe. The procedure lasted only a few minutes.


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