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Twitter appeared to back up Stacey Abrams’ controversial claims that fetal heartbeats don’t exist in their hot news promotion on Thursday.
The social media giant summed up the story by citing Abrams’ comments while adding that news organizations have confirmed “doctors agree” with his claims.
“Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said there was [sic] ‘does not exist’ like a fetal heartbeat at six weeks pregnant, and doctors agree that it does not exist at this early stage of pregnancy, reports from NBC News and NPR confirm. one in Twitter’s description of the trending political story.
Twitter did not provide links to NBC News or NPR’s articles on the subject, but research indicates the articles were written in 2021 after the implementation of the Texas Heartbeat Act, which limits abortions after six weeks. Twitter also did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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Abrams argued Wednesday that a fetal heart rate at six weeks is not real and that the idea was “manufactured” by men to “take control” of women’s bodies.
“There’s no heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said. “It’s a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
Twitter users blasted Abrams for his comments, noting that doctors and healthcare professionals have been saying for decades that a fetal heartbeat can be detected by some forms of ultrasound as early as six weeks, with most detecting them after eight. weeks.
Others have defended Abrams’ comments despite contradicting the National Library of Medicine and other health organizations and publications.
Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler has argued that the term “fetal heartbeat” is a “misnomer”, saying an unborn baby’s heartbeat can only be detected at 10 weeks and that anything detected before that is either “electrical activity generated by an embryo” or sound “created by ultrasound”.
Twitter users pushed back at Kessler for this claim.
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Planned Parenthood also appeared to be editing its own fetal heartbeat fact sheet to comply with the new discussion points. As recently as July, the abortion provider’s website said that in the fifth or sixth week of development “a very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop.” At the end of August, the site now called it “heart activity”.
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Abrams was one of many Democratic candidates to promote abortion as a major issue for the midterm elections. However, a recent Google search study by Axios suggested that abortion is declining as a top concern for many voters.
Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.