Abrams ‘Heartbeat’ From Sinking Deeper In Polls

Stacey Abrams

At a glance

  • Abrams this week advanced a bizarre conspiracy theory that fetal heartbeats—the detection of early cardiac rhythms in unborn human beings—are “manufactured” sounds meant to help bring about control over women’s bodies.
  • “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said to the audience. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
  • She was referring to Georgia’s current anti-abortion law, which forbids the termination of a fetus’s life after the point that its heartbeat can be detected, usually five to six weeks into pregnancy.
  • Medical authorities such as the American Pregnancy Association and Johns Hopkins University affirm that fetal heartbeats begin as early as around 5-6 weeks.

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