A national abortion provider showed it knows which side its bread is buttered on by altering its fetal development explanation.
Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, claimed fetuses do not have heartbeats at six weeks during an Atlanta rally Wednesday.
“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams declared. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
The Epoch Times further reported:
A number of people responded online by pointing to the website of Planned Parenthood, which advocates for and performs abortions across the country.
“What happens during week 5–6?” the Planned Parenthood webpage on early pregnancy said. “A very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop.”
The page was altered after Abrams made her remarks, according to archived versions of the page.
It now says: “A part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity. It sounds like a heartbeat on an ultrasound, but it’s not a fully-formed heart—it’s the earliest stage of the heart developing.”
Planned Parenthood did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who is running for reelection, signed a six-week abortion ban, known as a fetal heartbeat law, in 2019. The law took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. The law says that “any natural person, including an unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat, shall be included in population based determinations” and that a detectable human heartbeat means “embryonic or fetal cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the heart within the gestational sac.”
Abrams’s campaign website says she would veto any legislation “that would further restrict abortion rights” and that she’d try to repeal the abortion ban if she is elected.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that week five of fetal development includes the heart starting to develop, and in the next two weeks, the “baby’s heart continues to grow and now beats at a regular rhythm.”
“This can be seen by vaginal ultrasound,” the library says.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kans.), an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, said that Abrams’s claim was wrong.
“Babies have a real heartbeat at six weeks. Why do radical Dems hate unborn babies?” he wrote on Twitter.
“Let me be clear: Babies DO have a heartbeat at 6 weeks,” added Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker. “Stop looking for ways to attempt to deny their humanity.”
Abrams is desperately seeking an issue to attract voters because polls indicate she will not be a close contender in November. That would dispel her continued claims the 2018 election was stolen from her through election fraud.
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