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Twitter appeared to back up Stacey Abrams’ controversial claims that fetal heartbeats do not exist in their advertisement for Thursday’s trending news.
The social media giant summed up the story by citing Abrams’ comments, adding that news organizations have confirmed that “doctors agree with their claims.”
“Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said that was the case [sic] “There is no such thing as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks gestation, and doctors agree there is none at this early stage of pregnancy, reports from NBC News and NPR confirm,” reads Twitter’s description of the trending political story .
Twitter didn’t provide links to NBC News or NPR articles on the subject, but a search shows the articles were written in 2021 after implementation of the Texas Heartbeat Act, which limits abortions after six weeks. Twitter also didn’t respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Twitter user stunned after Stacey Abrams claims no fetal heartbeat after six weeks: ‘Wild conspiracy theory’
Abrams argued Wednesday that a fetal heartbeat at six weeks isn’t real and the idea was “manufactured” by men to “take control of women’s bodies.”
“There’s no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said. “It’s an artificial sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
Twitter users criticized Abrams for her comments, noting that doctors and medical professionals have said for decades that a fetal heartbeat can be detected by some forms of ultrasound procedures as early as six weeks, with most detecting it by eight weeks.
Others defended Abrams’ comments despite contradicting the National Library of Medicine and other health organizations and literature.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler argued that the term “fetal heartbeat” is a “misnomer,” claiming that an unborn baby’s heartbeat can’t be detected until 10 weeks and anything before that is either “electrical activity produced by an embryo” or a sound “produced by ultrasound”.
Twitter users have taken a stab at Kessler over this claim.
WASHINGTON POST FACT CHECKER CONSIDERED TO CALL “FETAL HEARTBEAT” A “MIRROR TERM” IN STACEY ABRAMS’ DEFENSE
Planned Parenthood also appeared to be editing its own fetal heartbeat factsheet to match the new discussion points. As recently as July, the abortion provider’s website said that within the fifth or sixth week of development, “a very basic beating heart and circulatory system develops.” By the end of August, the site was now referring to it as “heart activity.”
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Abrams was one of several Democratic candidates who advocated abortion as an important midterm election issue. However, a recent Google search study conducted by Axios suggests that abortion is declining as a top concern for many voters.
Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.