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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who’s running for governor again after a failed 2018 attempt, espoused an outlandish conspiracy theory claiming fetal heartbeats don’t exist.
Abrams’ bizarre comments came at a Ray Charles Performing Arts Center event in Atlanta Tuesday, where she claimed the sound of a heartbeat at six weeks is “manufactured” in order to manipulate people.
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."— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 22, 2022
REMINDER: Abrams supports NO LIMITS on abortion. pic.twitter.com/f7XxeqzfF6
“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams stated. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
Elsewhere in the discussion, Abrams characterized heartbeat laws in several US states that outlaw abortions after six weeks “medically false” and “biologically a lie,” and claimed Georgia’s own law was “poorly written.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a Washington Post editor “fact-checked” Abrams’ radical abortionist comments and agreed with her sentiments, essentially claiming heartbeats picked up through ultrasounds are merely computer interpretations of “electrical activity generated by an embryo.”
FWIW, "fetal heartbeat" is a misnomer. The ultrasound picks up electrical activity generated by an embryo. The so-called "heartbeat" sound you hear is created by the ultrasound. Not until 10 weeks can the opening and closing of cardiac valves be detected by a Doppler machine. … https://t.co/OODSeeFMas— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) September 22, 2022
The fact check prompted backlash online that leftists were now attempting to alter the definition of a heartbeat.
They’re really going to try to change the definition of a heartbeat— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 22, 2022
Epic fail. All heartbeats are generated by electric activity, which generates beating or pulsing. https://t.co/av7lFl0z0E— Arizona Liberty Mom (@modmothernature) September 22, 2022
They want you to redefine human life as just electrical impulses and chemicals— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 22, 2022
This is predictive programming
They are building the platform for the transhumanist agenda
"That is merely electrical impulses" pic.twitter.com/xa9FVtrPNW— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 22, 2022
"The sound is created by the ultrasound " pic.twitter.com/Hnpw4HDE4M— Revisionist History (@Mast3rmo) September 22, 2022
According to researcher Jack Posobiec, Abrams’ “heartbeat is just a manufactured sound” conspiracy theory originates from an article in the globalist Atlantic publication, which argued “cardiac cells…send electrical pulses that cause their neighbors to contract”:
Opponents of the heartbeat bills have pointed out that they would eliminate abortion rights almost entirely—making the procedure illegal around four weeks after fertilization, before many women realize that they are pregnant. These measures raise even more elementary questions: What is a fetal heartbeat? And why does it matter?
The idea would have been unthinkable before the advent of a technology developed in 1976: real-time ultrasound. At six weeks, the “heartbeat” is not audible; it is visible, a flickering that takes place between 120 and 160 times per minute on a black-and-white playback screen. As cardiac cells develop, they begin to send electrical pulses that cause their neighbors to contract. Scientists can observe the same effect if they culture cells in a petri dish.
Abrams’ extremist rhetoric follows claims made just last week that women should be able to terminate pregnancies “until the time of birth.”
It’s “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 told “The View” last Wednesday.
The comments are a complete 180 from Abrams’ previous pro-life beliefs, which she says she held before attending college.
“I was anti-abortion until I went to college. And, there, I met a friend who has my shared faith values, but we started having conversations about what reproductive care and abortion care really is,” Abrams told CNN last month.
In an interview with the New York Times last month, she added she’d fully adopted a pro-choice position before running for political office.
“It was when I got ready to stand for office that I had to really make myself confront what I meant by that,” Abrams told the Times. “And what I meant was that I was no longer in the anti-abortion camp.”
At the same time Abrams’ abortionist comments are receiving attention, the mainstream media is running a story admitting ultrasounds show babies in the womb making facial reactions to the foods their mothers ingest.
It's almost like they're humans and therefore have senses and emotions and stuff…— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) September 22, 2022
At any rate, the wishy-washy Abrams will likely not have the chance to spread her conspiracy theories from the governor’s desk, as she trails Republican incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp by nearly eight points, according to recent polls.
Fox News’ “Outnumbered” covered Abrams bone-headed remarks Thursday:
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