Stacey Abrams has been criticized for claiming a fetus’s 6-week heartbeat is “an artificial sound” to help men control women
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Progressive Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams has faced backlash after claiming there is “no such thing” as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks and insisting it was just “manufactured sounds.” designed to give men control over women’s bodies.
The Peach State gubernatorial candidate made the stunning comment at an event in Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 20: “There’s no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It’s an artificial sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.” Democrat Stacey is a pro-choice advocate, but many netizens said her statement was contradictory is that the fetal heart is not yet fully developed but is in the process of development. “Hearing my baby’s heartbeat at 6 weeks is undoubtedly one of the most exciting,” tweeted Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Senator John McCain. “Stacey Abrams is a very sick person to say this and somehow accuse doctors of faking fetal heartbeats. Point.”
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Hearing my baby’s heartbeat at 6 weeks is undoubtedly one of the most exciting, liberating and beautiful moments of my entire life. hands down
Stacey Abrams is a very sick person to say this and somehow accuse doctors of faking fetal heartbeats. Point. https://t.co/oATAzuHgTA
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 22, 2022
According to the American Pregnancy Association, “A fetal heartbeat can be detected by vaginal ultrasound between 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 weeks if the fetal pole is visible.” “The fetal pole can be detected at a crown-rump length ( CRL) can be seen from 2-4mm, and the heartbeat can be seen as a regular flutter when the CRL has reached 5mm,” the organization explains. Sports commentator Michele Tafoya tweeted: “So @staceyabrams… When my (male) doctors told me they couldn’t hear my baby’s heartbeat… as I was losing pregnancy after pregnancy… Was that fake too? Did they fabricate my baby’s lack of a heartbeat to force me to terminate the pregnancy?” Abrams campaign spokesman Alex Floyd told the New York Post that they used the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey supported guidelines in which judges determined that a fetus was viable at around 23 weeks. “Doctors have been clear that the so-called ‘heartbeat law’ is not medically correct,” said Alex Floyd.
So, @staceyabrams … When my (male) doctors told me they couldn’t hear my baby’s heartbeat anymore … as I lost pregnancy after pregnancy … Was that wrong too? Did they fabricate my baby’s lack of heartbeat to force me to terminate the pregnancy? https://t.co/QJPJPi7VAD
— Michele Tafoya (@Michele_Tafoya) 09/22/2022
Responding to GOP Senator Lindsey Graham’s proposal to create a national standard banning abortion at 15 weeks, Stacey said she supports the decision “up to the point of birth.” “I believe that abortion is a medical decision, not a political decision,” she said. “And arbitrary, politically defined schedules are deeply problematic because they ignore the reality of medical and physiological problems. For example, a six-week ban tells women they must make reproductive decisions before they know they are pregnant. And that arbitrariness extends to these artificial timelines as well,” Stacey explained.
Social media users had mixed reactions to Stacey’s comment, and many had their own theories. One said: “She’s right. At 6 weeks there is NO fetus, it is an embryo and the US flicker is electrical activity. No heart has formed, so it’s impossible to have a detectable heartbeat on the machine. A heartbeat can only be heard after 10-12 weeks”. Another user wrote: “Is the fetal heart fully developed? OF COURSE NOT. But it is still contracting, in the process of its development.” The user then explains embryology to other internet users with a picture of the diagram and says “Note that the detail heart has four chambers at five weeks.”
She is right. At 6 weeks there is NO fetus, it is an embryo and the flicker on US is electrical activity. A heart has not formed, so it is impossible to have a detectable heartbeat. The noise you hear IS generated by the machine. A heartbeat can only be heard after 10-12 weeks
— Harley Jean Matta (@HarleyMatta) 09/22/2022
Is the fetal heart fully developed? OF COURSE NOT. But it still contracts, in the process of its development.
I could go through the embryology of it… but I hated embryology. Note that at five weeks, the fetal heart has four chambers, an aortic tract, and contracts. pic.twitter.com/NVttwkY3C
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) 09/22/2022
One user, who has suffered multiple miscarriages both before and after a heart attack, said it was just offensive: “What the hell is she talking about!! I couldn’t be more offended by that statement! Key factor confirmed by all my documents!” Another remarked, “Look at how they willingly eat up the BS. Blind loyalty to race and identity-based ideologies is killing this country. It’s a slow death.” One user simply tweeted, “Life begins at conception so this arbitrary argument is irrelevant to me.” birth is approaching,” read another tweet. “You know what would really help? Easy and cheap access to birth control and proper health care,” added another.
What the hell is she talking about!! Having suffered multiple miscarriages both before and after detecting a heartbeat, I couldn’t be more offended by that statement! The strength of the heartbeat at 6 weeks was a key factor, confirmed by all my documents!
— Amy Lambert (@amyklambert) 09/22/2022
I will never tell you that I told you. I promise. Look who’s on stage with her. Check out how they willingly eat up the BS. Blind loyalty to race and ideologies based on identity is killing this country. It’s a slow death.
— Barrington Martin II (@_BarringtonII) 09/22/2022
Life begins at conception.
So this arbitrary argument is irrelevant to me.
— MrsPinky |Author🇺🇸 Iconic (@MRSpinkston85) 09/22/2022
Heartbeats can be detected after 5 weeks. We even know that it speeds up until week 9 before slowing down as labor approaches.
— Joseph Stigler (@JosephStigler) 09/22/2022
Do you know what would really help? Easy and affordable access to birth control and adequate health care.
– tonnaree🦄🐝🍑 🇮🇪🌈🙃(her/her) Pro-Choice (@tonnaree) 09/22/2022