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Social media broke out on Thursday after a viral clip surfaced of Georgian Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams telling an audience there was “no such thing” as a fetal heartbeat six weeks into a pregnancy.
“There’s no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said at an event at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. “It’s a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
Pro-life social media users immediately criticized Abrams, accusing her of spreading medical misinformation as a means of supporting her pro-choice stance.
“Whaaaaaat hahaha manufactured by who? Does she think a doctor is hiding behind the Doppler beatboxing in a microphone in perfect imitation of a heartbeat? Stacey Abrams is so insane,” wrote podcast host Liz Wheeler.
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Still baffled by Stacey Abrams’ statement here – “manufactured?” The idea that the sound of a heartbeat can somehow be “crafted” or added digitally to an ultrasound is just a wild conspiracy theory to in the universe,” Republican communicator Matt Whitlock wrote.
Republican politician Lavern Spicer also joined the conversation and joked that no one can detect a heartbeat in Abrams either.
“When pro-abortionists deny that the fetal heart rate can be detected at 6 weeks, they are claiming that it is *technically* not a heartbeat because it is not a fully formed heart. No one is saying that heartbeats picked up by ultrasounds are literally just fake (except Stacey Abrams),’ interjected Daily Caller reporter Laurel Duggan.
A number of other disgruntled Twitter users also weighed in on Abrams’ controversial claim.
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Some forms of ultrasound can detect heart activity in an embryo at six weeks, but are most effective at detecting a heartbeat around eight weeks. There is much debate between pro-life and pro-choice groups as to what exactly a heartbeat means, as numerous medical textbooks use the words “heart” and “heartbeat” to refer to an embryo’s cardiovascular system at various stages of development. Even Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, states that a “very basic beating heart” develops after five to six weeks.
UKTN News Digital contacted Abrams’ office for clarification, but received no response.
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Abrams, in her commentary, appeared to be referring to a piece of Georgian legislation known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (Life) Act, or “heartbeat” law, which prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected — sometimes as early as the early stages. morning. six weeks. The law has exceptions for rape and incest, as long as a report is made to the police. It also allows for later abortions when the mother’s life is in danger or a serious medical condition is interfering with the viability of the pregnancy.
The bill was signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, R., Abrams’ opponent in a rematch of their 2018 match.
Timothy HJ Nerozzi of UKTN News contributed to this report.