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Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin urged NPR to provide a more balanced perspective in its coverage of abortion in a Twitter thread on Friday.
The pro-life priest, who gave the blessing at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, began by asking, “Is there room on NPR for pro-life voices?”
He explained how he had been listening to NPR all week and not hearing a single pro-life opinion expressed.
“Is there room on @NPR for pro-life voices? Over the past week, I’ve been traveling back and forth between New York and Philadelphia to care for a sick family member. In our Jesuit community car, I’ve listened to hours of @NPR. About 90% of the talk shows have been about abortion,” he tweeted.
But, he said, “I noticed that there were, at least during the hours I listened to, no pro-life voices.”
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Martin asserted that the pro-life team was not on equal footing with the pro-choice team.
“It lacked (at least in the many shows I’ve heard) an articulate voice arguing from the other side. The only attempts are when the host presents the pro-life position only to have it pushed back by the guest ( s), ” he tweeted, before sharing thought-provoking questions he would raise if invited on NPR.
Two of the questions he would ask pro-choicers to answer are when does a fetus “become a person” and when does it get rights, given advances in science.
He concluded his son by urging the media to expose their listeners to compelling and logical arguments from both sides.
“On NPR, we hear arguments 3 through 5. I would invite them to consider arguments 1 through 2. And invite guests who can articulate those arguments clearly and articulately. This is, after all, National Public Radio , and many in the nation believe these things,” he wrote. “A calm, intelligent, and articulate conversation with both sides could help others in this country start a conversation in this time of division.”
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Since the Supreme Court’s draft opinion which showed that the High Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked, the media called the pro-life side radical.
For example, a report on NPR’s “All Things Considered” claimed that the pro-life side had common goals with “white supremacist, Christian supremacist, and secular male supremacist” groups. A Washington Post columnist also compared the end of Roe v. Wade to the deadliest terrorist attack on our country’s soil.