NPR (National Public Radio) is facing serious backlash after airing audio of a Michigan woman having an abortion.
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Following the reversal by the Supreme Court of Roe vs. Wade, women traveled to Michigan from other states to have abortions. The media house took the opportunity to cover the segment and chose to broadcast the audio.
Internet users spoke about the event, and they were not happy. One user, @FiatLuxGenesis, took to Twitter to comment on how the radio shared “a real killer”. She then explained how she feared democracy could be dangerous saying,
“NPR aired a woman having an abortion. That’s where our society is. Real murder on the radio. If it’s ‘democracy’ — where government-funded radio plays the murder of an innocent human being — then it’s absolute horror.”
NPR Airs Abortion Audio, Leaving Listeners Scarred
NPR reporter Kate Wells traveled to a suburb of Detroit and found a patient who was willing to be taped during her procedure. The recording captured the sounds of machines and nurses comforting the patient while he was partially awake.
You can hear the vacuum cleaner turning on, the woman crying and moaning, and then the doctor announcing the end of the procedure.
This audio was played on the radio and listeners took to Twitter to share their horror, calling it “wicked”, “sickening” and demanding that NPR be canceled.
Pro-life activists have taken to social media to denounce the radio show, saying it promotes the ‘murder’ of innocent human beings in an attempt to normalize Abortion. They call it violence and the dehumanization of human beings.
The radio show shared the audio in a bid to promote transparency over the taboo subject, but some believe the act backfired.
The right to abortion in constant debate
Americans have been constantly debated over whether or not women should be allowed to have abortions. Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice has become synonymous with political alignment, the former leaning towards Republican views and the latter, Democratic.
Pro-lifers believe others are abortion apologists and try to share stories of the emotional and physical damage women suffer during and after the procedure. They view the fetus as a living being, thus thinking of the fetus as a human being with rights.
Pro-choice believers, on the other hand, express that women deserve the right to choose whether or not they want the procedure, and that no one, other than the mother, should have an opinion about it.
NPR has yet to comment on the situation. Kate Wells followed Northland Family Planning staff around metro Detroit, Michigan, and reported her findings in an in-depth article.