Twitter users baffled after Stacey Abrams says there’s no fetal heartbeat at six weeks: ‘Wild conspiracy theory’
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Social media erupted on Thursday after a viral clip of Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was posted telling an audience that there was ‘nothing like’ a heartbeat. fetus six weeks after the onset of pregnancy.
“There’s no heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said during 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 were quick to slam Abrams, accusing him of spreading medical misinformation as a way to bolster his pro-choice stance.
“Whaaaaaat hahaha made by who? Does she think a doctor is hiding behind the Doppler beatbox in a microphone that perfectly mimics a heartbeat? Stacey Abrams is so deranged,” podcast host Liz Wheeler wrote.
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“Still baffled by Stacey Abrams’ statement here – ‘fabricated?’ The idea that the sound of a heartbeat could somehow be ‘fabricated’ or digitally added to an ultrasound is not just a wild conspiracy theory to put out into the universe,” Republican Communicator Matt Whitlock wrote.
Republican politician Lavern Spicer also waded into the conversation and joked that no one is able to detect a heartbeat in Abrams either.
“When pro-abortionists deny that fetal heartbeats can be detected at 6 weeks, they argue that it’s not *technically* a heartbeat because it’s not a fully formed heart. heartbeats picked up by ultrasounds are literally wrong (except Stacey Abrams), “replied Laurel Duggan, journalist for the Daily Caller.
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 at around eight weeks. There is much debate among pro-life and pro-choice groups about what exactly a heartbeat means, as many medical textbooks use words like “heart” and “heartbeat” to refer to the cardiovascular system of your heart. an embryo at different stages of development. Even Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, states that at five to six weeks, a “very basic beating heart” develops.
Fox News Digital contacted Abrams’ office for clarification, but did not receive a response.
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Abrams, with his comment, appeared to be referring to Georgian legislation, known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (Life) Act, or the “Heartbeats” Bill, which prohibits the abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat – sometimes as early as six weeks. The law provides exceptions for rape and incest, provided a police report is filed. It also allows for subsequent abortions when the mother’s life is in danger or a serious medical condition interferes with the viability of the pregnancy.
The bill was signed into law by Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Abrams’ opponent in a rematch of their 2018 contest.
Fox News’ Timothy HJ Nerozzi contributed to this report.