Stacey Abrams: No Such Thing As A Fetal Heartbeat At Six Weeks

Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D.-GA) claimed earlier this week that the sound you hear at a six-week pregnancy appointment is not a fetal heartbeat but a “manufactured sound.”

Abrams was onstage at an event at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta when she made the claim saying that the “manufactured sound” was invented by men seeking to control women.

“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams, who is running against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp said. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

The news probably came as a shock to the scientific community, but others have tried to qualify Abrams’ statement. The Daily Mail states, “Abrams appears to have been referring to the technical definition of a ‘fetal heartbeat’ which refers to an electrical signal caught on ultrasound machines.”

Regardless of what Abrams meant about the fetal heartbeat, she recently stated on The View that she was for abortion until the time of birth.

“A decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor, that viability is the metric, and that if a woman’s health or life is in danger, then viability extends until the time of birth,” Abrams said on “The View” with no qualification or description of what constitutes a woman’s health or life being in danger.

Georgia is one of nine states that have either passed or are working to reinstate what have become known as “heartbeat laws” since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. Abrams has been a vocal opponent of the state’s heartbeat law since she entered the public spotlight.

Just a few months ago, according to Yahoo News, Planned Parenthood’s website stated a “very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop during the fifth to sixth week of pregnancy.”

The site was amended to state, “part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity” replacing the words “basic beating heart” with “cardiac activity.”