Pro-life doctor responds to NPR audio of abortion procedure

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A pro-life doctor has pushed back against a National Public Radio reporter’s comparison between abortion and childbirth and offered his views after the outlet aired audio of a woman undergoing an abortion at the first trimester.

As Michiganians View Proposition 3 to Enshrine Abortion as a Midterm Constitutional Right, NPR Airs audio Host Kate Wells reports from inside the Northland Family Planning Clinic in Sterling on Friday.

After interviewing several abortion-conscious women, the NPR reporter joined an unnamed woman as she underwent a surgical abortion at 11 weeks pregnant. A loud vacuum noise from the suction machine can be heard during the procedure.

A staff member named Brandy tells the woman to “keep breathing”. At one point, the woman can be heard complaining about not being able to breathe. After the abortion is complete, Brandy and abortionist Audrey Lance cheer the woman on, “You did it!”

“Most patients are partially awake during the procedures. They receive IV medication for pain and anxiety,” the reporter said.

“The lights are dimmed, there’s soothing music, it’s a lot like giving birth, in a medical gown, bare legs and stirrups, and someone next to you saying, ‘You can do it.’ “

In a analysis In audio made by the pro-life research organization Charlotte Lozier Institute and emailed to The Christian Post, OB-GYN Dr. Ingrid Skop explained how an abortion procedure differs from childbirth.

Skop is CLI’s Director of Medical Affairs and has over 25 years of experience as an OB-GYN.

“A sharp-toothed grasping instrument, called a tenaculum, is used to grasp the cervix, providing traction as the abortionist inserts progressively larger metal dilators to open the cervix,” a writes Skop, who has delivered over 5,000 babies.

“Then, as we heard on NPR, the electric vacuum is turned on so the abortionist can suck the unborn baby.”

The Doctor Refutes Planned Parenthood the description of the procedure as “gentle suction”, quoting former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino video break in the procedure.

Levatino, who has performed more than 1,200 abortion procedures, says the electric aspirator used in a first-trimester surgical abortion has up to “10 to 20 times the suction power of a household vacuum.” . Skop speculates that’s why the mother in the NPR recording can be heard moaning in pain.

Skop said the aspiration “rips” the adherent placenta and the unborn child. Even after the mother was given painkillers, Skop said such powerful suction is still likely to hurt.

“Tragically, while the mother’s physical pain may be over, there is no guarantee that the emotional pain will subside soon,” she wrote, citing a 2018 article. study who analyzed a multitude of scientific publications on abortion and its negative impact on women’s mental health.

“Surely our society can provide better solutions for women,” the OB-GYN wrote.

Tara Sander Lee, a Harvard-trained scientist who serves as director of life sciences at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, pushed back against NPR describing an 11-week-old fetus as “pregnancy tissue.” Lee said that at 11 weeks, unborn babies have developed their fingers and toes and display a preference for using “their right or left hand when sucking their thumb”.

“By 11 weeksthe baby already had 4,000 distinct anatomical parts, or 90% of the named body parts found in an adult,” Lee wrote in a statement. “Science confirms an unborn baby’s heart beats rhythmically at 6 weeks . At 11 weeks, the age of the aborted baby on the NPR show, the baby had a heart rate of 168 beats per minute and the heart had already beaten more than 9 million times.”

“At 11 weeks, the baby that NPR describes as ‘pregnancy tissue’ was alive and active,” Lee continued. “In fact, scientists have determined that at 11 weeks, the unborn baby has brain activity and does not sit still for more than 13 minutes at a time. The phrase ‘pregnancy tissue’ is a cruel semantic exercise designed to deny or obscure what science knows about the baby’s humanity.”

NPR’s Wells shared more stories from his investigation on Oct. 26. article, including a woman named Melissa from Ohio who traveled to Michigan for an abortion. Melissa was a single mother with two children, working and attending school at the time of the abortion. At the time she had the abortion, the mother was 14 weeks pregnant.

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade this summer, Ohio enacted a law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. A judge suspended the ban indefinitely. However, the state attorney general is appealing to have it reinstated.

In response to Roe’s Conversely, Michigan’s Proposition 3 seeks to enshrine abortion in the state constitution. Critics of the measure have claimed it could allow minors to have abortions without parental consent or advice and reduce medical regulations surrounding the practice. However, supporters say the law would not immediately invalidate parental consent laws unless the issue goes to court.

Samantha Kamman is a reporter for The Christian Post. She can be contacted at: [email protected]

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