Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia, attracted harsh criticism online for asserting the absurd notion that fetal heartbeats are a made-up sound to discredit abortion.
According to Breitbart News, a video showing Abrams asserting that there is "no such thing" as a baby heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy went popular on social media on Wednesday.
"There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks," Abrams said at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. "It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body."
Without a doubt, Abrams was criticizing the 2019 Georgia law that outlawed the majority of abortions in the state when doctors can find a fetal heartbeat, which often occurs at around six weeks.
The law effectively outlaws any abortion in the Peach State because most women are unaware of their pregnancy during the first six weeks. Despite multiple challenges, the statute eventually took effect this year after Roe v. Wade was overruled by the Supreme Court.
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams: "There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body."
REMINDER: Abrams supports NO LIMITS on abortion. pic.twitter.com/f7XxeqzfF6
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In a piece for National Review, Alexandra Desanctis observed that rather than doing a rigorous scientific investigation, the media frequently misrepresented the heartbeat arguments in order to dehumanize the unborn.
The elaborate song and dance from abortion supporters entirely misses the point. Heartbeat bills don’t assert either that the embryo has a fully formed heart at six weeks or that the presence of a heartbeat is what makes a human being. The purpose of the laws is to emphasize one central point: There is a human being here, one who, if left in peace, will rapidly continue developing all of the bodily functions needed to thrive outside the womb when the time is right.
The “electrical activity” detectable at six weeks is far less sophisticated than it will be later in pregnancy, it’s true. But then, the heartbeat of a newborn is far less sophisticated than that of an adult, as are most of the newborn’s functions. Does this give us license to off the baby, merely because his heart or his lungs has a ways to go? Surely I am no less a person than my neighbor if I exhibit signs of a heart murmur or suffer from asthma.