Priests for Life is holding a day of mourning for the baby whose abortion was broadcast on NPR

A Catholic pro-life group held a day of mourning Saturday for the baby, whose death from abortion was recently broadcast live on NPR.

Priests for Life also christened the baby “Amanda Marie,” meaning “she who should be loved,” according to a press release from the organization.

On Nov. 3, ahead of a Michigan election that presented voters with a proposal to make abortion a constitutional right in the state, NPR aired live audio of an abortion trial at the Northland Family Planning Clinic in Sterling, Michigan.

In the audio, NPR reporter Katie Wells interviewed several women about abortion before broadcasting audio from an unidentified mother who received an abortion at 11 weeks. The audio had the sound of a vacuum being used, the mother moaned, and a staff member named Brandy urged the mother to “just keep breathing.”

After the abortion, Brandy and abortion worker Audrey Lance tell the mother, “You did it!”

In an open letter to the child’s mother, anti-abortion activists, NPR and the public, Priests for Life called for repentance.

The letter expressed his sympathy for the mother and read in part: “Dearest mother, our hearts are with you, our hearts weep for you and your child. We know you were already in a difficult place inside to even consider abortion, and now that you’ve ended the life of your child, you’re certainly in an even darker, more difficult place (and if you don’t realize that yet, dear mother, in due course, if you are honest, you will realize that you are hurt, deeply hurt).

“As many women who have had abortions have said, abortion not only harms women, it destroys them,” the mother-addressed portion of the letter added.

This April 15, 2013 file photo shows the National Public Radio (NPR) headquarters on North Capitol Street in Washington.  NPR has taken new steps to improve its workplace culture after conducting an independent investigation into sexual harassment issues surrounding the firing of a top executive.
NPR aired the audio of an abortion that took place in Sterling, Michigan.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file

The letter reserved a special condemnation for both the abortifacients and NPR, claiming the nonprofit media organization “missed something” when its report “failed to describe what was taken from this woman.”

“We have similar words to you as to the abortionist and those who worked with him/her to kill Little Amanda: Shame on you NPR for broadcasting the brutal murder of a baby in the womb, shame on you for dishonoring Baby Amanda Marieby flaunts her death over the air! May God have mercy on your soul! Your actions were beyond disgraceful (and that you used taxpayers’ money on such an atrocity makes it worse)!” the letter read in part.

Father Frank Pavone, who serves as the national director of Priests for Life, said in a statement that his organization “urges every anti-life person, organization and legislator to celebrate the day with fasting and special prayers, including Masses” on 3/11 month after the audio was recorded.

“The recording captures the mother’s moans, but her child’s cry is silent,” Pavone said.

“The mother’s co-worker says ‘You did it’ and ‘You did great’ when the killing was complete. There is no mention of the baby, who died brutally at just 11 weeks old. The baby’s humanity isn’t even an afterthought,” Pavone continued, adding that Priests for Life aimed to “make a big deal out of it, which trivializes this show.”

NPR has not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment as of publication. Priests for Life is holding a day of mourning for the baby whose abortion was broadcast on NPR


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