Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sparked backlash after claiming “there is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks.”
Abrams could be heard making the comment on stage next to other speakers.
“It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body,” Abrams said.
Watch the video below:
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." pic.twitter.com/ukWdFQ2WLk
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 22, 2022
Abrams’ argument prompted several Twitter users to express their outrage with it.
Republican Texas U.S. House candidate Irene Armendariz-Jackson tweeted, “This statement is an evil lie.”
This statement is an evil lie. https://t.co/mnJYoiKsPn
— Irene Armendariz-Jackson For Congress (@ArmendarizDis16) September 22, 2022
Pro-life activist Lila Rose called Abrams’ comment “anti-science. Anti-truth. Anti-human.”
She added, “One of the consequences of the pro-abortion mindset is that is that it demands frequent and obvious lying from its adherents.”
Anti-science. Anti-truth. Anti-human.
One of the consequences of the pro-abortion mindset is that is that it demands frequent and obvious lying from its adherents.pic.twitter.com/cYbEBXDqKo
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) September 22, 2022
Another user accused Abrams of “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. This is beyond QAnon sh*t.”
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. This is beyond QAnon shit. https://t.co/4pOoUJRt52
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 22, 2022
Read more reactions below:
— Bruce Hooley (@BHOOLZ) September 22, 2022
IS THIS SCIENCE? 🙃👇 https://t.co/xzAFbYvkep
— Jonathan Choe Journalist (@choeshow) September 22, 2022
Yeah, no. https://t.co/rF2tbxD6ls
— Alissa Walsh (@AlissaWalsh21) September 22, 2022
…she says after calling Republicans the party of science deniers https://t.co/OHF2BFvmXJ
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) September 22, 2022
A sound "manufactured" by God. https://t.co/Sj1mlUbjPi
— Family Research Council (@FRCdc) September 22, 2022
Can someone flag Abrams for misinformation? This is a false statement about someone’s health. https://t.co/HJVKTJJmZU
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) September 22, 2022
The latest from the “follow the science” crowd. https://t.co/y0Ko5nIqwk
— Michael Quinn Sullivan 🇺🇸 (@MQSullivan) September 22, 2022
Hearing my babies heartbeats at 6 weeks is hands down one of the most exciting, liberating and most beautiful moments of my entire life. Hands down.
Stacey Abrams is a very sick person to say this and somehow accuse doctors of faking fetal heartbeats. Full stop. https://t.co/oATAzuHgTA
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 22, 2022
According to Healthline, a fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as 5 1/2 to 6 weeks after gestation.
Over the weekend, Abrams told CNN abortion rights in Georgia are “going to be front and center in the conversation” while campaigning against Republican rival, Gov. Brian Kemp.
“Women deserve full citizenship in the United States and certainly in the state of Georgia, and they are being denied that because of Brian Kemp’s 6-week ban,” Abrams said.
She added, “We are driving not only doctors and nurses out of the state, we’re likely going to drive jobs away. And that should be terrifying to anyone regardless of your political persuasion.”
CNN noted Abrams is not in favor of any government restrictions on abortion.
On Wednesday, Abrams told NBC News the reason she discusses abortion rights is “because women need to know I understand the biology that apparently the governor does not.”
She continued, “That women are being told to make reproductive choices before they know they’re pregnant.”
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