Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Wednesday there is “no such thing” as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks of gestation.
“At an event at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Abrams claimed that the sound of such fetal heartbeats is “manufactured” by men seeking to “take control” of women,” Fox News reports.
“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams told the audience.
“It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
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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."
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Abrams seemed to be referring to Georgia’s pro-life law passed after the overturn of Roe v. Wade this year.
The Georgia legislation, known as the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (Life) Act, or “heartbeat” bill, bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected — sometimes as early as six weeks. The Georgia law includes exceptions for rape and incest, as long as a police report is filed. It also allows for later abortions when the mother’s life is at risk or a serious medical condition renders a fetus unviable.
The law passed in 2019, but a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional and blocked it. A federal appeals court overturned the lower court’s ruling, allowing the law to take effect on July 20.