Stacey Abrams Faces Backlash For Claiming Heartbeat Of Unborn Is ‘Manufactured Sound’

Stacey Abrams, who unsuccessfully ran as the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor in 2018, is facing criticism for her recent remarks denying that unborn babies have a heartbeat at six weeks.

She made the comments while appearing on a panel in a recently surfaced video.

“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body in place of her.”

Abrams may be referring to the stance taken by some medical experts that, despite the beating sound, the heart is not developed enough at 6 weeks to accurately call it a “heartbeat.”

“While the heart does begin to develop at around six weeks, at this point the heart as we know it does not yet exist,” stated Dr. Ian Fraser Golding, a pediatric and fetal cardiologist at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

Other medical experts object to this interpretation. Dr. Tara Sander Lee, a senior fellow and director of life sciences at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, emphasized the complexity of the fetus at six weeks.

“While some people falsely claim that a preborn baby at 6 weeks’ gestation is just a clump of cells, science demonstrates the baby is already a complex human being,” stated Dr. Lee. “A preborn baby’s heart is actively beating at 6 weeks and will have already beat nearly 16 million times by 15 weeks.”

“In fact, at 6 weeks’ gestation, the baby’s heart rate is about 98 beats per minute, which can be easily detected by ultrasound,” she added.

Regardless of what Abrams meant by “a manufactured sound,” what bothered many critics is the fact that she implied that a conspiracy of men designed the sound to take control of women.

“Stacey Abrams is pushing a theory here that ultrasound machines, used in hospitals now all over the world, were designed by a cabal of men, to manufacture a sound beat on purpose, in order to convince women to keep unwanted pregnancies,” tweeted Stephen L. Miller, a conservative journalist. “This is beyond QAnon s***.”

 

Abrams is currently campaigning again to be Georgia governor.