- Abrams this week advanced a bizarre conspiracy theory that fetal heartbeats—the detection of early cardiac rhythms in unborn human beings—are “manufactured” sounds meant to help bring about control over women’s bodies.
Nominee Stacey Abrams, who has been trailing behind her opponent the incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, made the claim during an event in Atlanta.“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said to the audience. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
- She was referring to Georgia’s current anti-abortion law, which forbids the termination of a fetus’s life after the point that its heartbeat can be detected, usually five to six weeks into pregnancy.
- Medical authorities such as the American Pregnancy Association and Johns Hopkins University affirm that fetal heartbeats begin as early as around 5-6 weeks.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution/University of Georgia poll released this week showed Abrams trailing behind Kemp by nearly 10 points.