The Heart of Abortion: An Audio Archive of Abortion

Horrific NPR abortion audio shows Americans how terrible procedure and NPR truly are. Abortions have gotten so much coverage lately, it almost feels like it is a story about the country. It is hard…

The Heart of Abortion: An Audio Archive of Abortion

Horrific NPR abortion audio shows Americans how terrible procedure and NPR truly are.

Abortions have gotten so much coverage lately, it almost feels like it is a story about the country. It is hard to think of an issue as controversial and important as abortion without being a topic that gets people talking: where does it happen, how does it happen, who gets these procedures, and why are these procedures necessary?

For years NPR and its affiliates have been running an audio archive of abortion, and its stories tell the story of American reproductive rights. It’s a collection of some of the most heart wrenching and fascinating stories from a single day in history, as well as some of the most disturbing stories of the past two decades. The abortion archive documents abortion on-demand — from the illegal ones to the legal ones. But what about the ones that are legal and legalized? This collection documents the legal abortion experience, from its beginning to its end.

“When you enter the world of abortion, you enter a world with a very heavy dose of sorrow and a heavy dose of joy,” says NPR’s Nina Totenberg. “And what those emotions are about is a big part of how you make your pro-choice decisions.”

The NPR abortion archive

This collection of archived audio documents over 10 decades of abortions in the United States. The interviews were gathered into a single hour long episode, called “The Heart of Abortion,” which aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition Monday, February 3. The recording includes two hours of interviews with Dr. Deborah Nucatola, an ob-gyn who had to perform more than 30 illegal abortions. There are interviews with abortion providers and their patients who had abortions in secret rooms. The NPR abortion archive is one hour long, and is divided into five chapters. The first is a series of interviews with women who have had abortions, including one about abortion-on-demand. This includes a woman who had a baby, who didn’t know she was pregnant. She was told

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