NPR Airs Abortion Procedure; Listeners Hear Patient’s Cries

  • 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.