Planned Parenthood Changes Webpage on Pregnancy After Stacey Abrams Claims Young Fetus Has No Heartbeat

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
September 24USshare
Planned Parenthood Changes Webpage on Pregnancy After Stacey Abrams Claims Young Fetus Has No Heartbeat
A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, Mo., on June 4, 2019. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)

One of the nation’s largest providers of abortion altered a webpage on pregnancy after the Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate claimed that a fetus does not have a heartbeat at six weeks.

“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Stacey Abrams, the Democrat, said during a Sept. 21 event in Atlanta while speaking against abortion restrictions. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

A number of people responded online by pointing to the website of Planned Parenthood, which advocates for and performs abortions across the country.

“What happens during week 5–6?” the Planned Parenthood webpage on early pregnancy said. “A very basic beating heart and circulatory system develop.”

The page was altered after Abrams made her remarks, according to archived versions of the page.

It now says: “A part of the embryo starts to show cardiac activity. It sounds like a heartbeat on an ultrasound, but it’s not a fully-formed heart—it’s the earliest stage of the heart developing.”

Planned Parenthood did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who is running for reelection, signed a six-week abortion ban, known as a fetal heartbeat law, in 2019. The law took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. The law says that “any natural person, including an unborn child with a detectable human heartbeat, shall be included in population based determinations” and that a detectable human heartbeat means “embryonic or fetal cardiac activity or the steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the heart within the gestational sac.”

Abrams’s campaign website says she would veto any legislation “that would further restrict abortion rights” and that she’d try to repeal the abortion ban if she is elected.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that week five of fetal development includes the heart starting to develop, and in the next two weeks, the “baby’s heart continues to grow and now beats at a regular rhythm.”

“This can be seen by vaginal ultrasound,” the library says.

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kans.), an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, said that Abrams’s claim was wrong.

“Babies have a real heartbeat at six weeks. Why do radical Dems hate unborn babies?” he wrote on Twitter.

“Let me be clear: Babies DO have a heartbeat at 6 weeks,” added Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood worker. “Stop looking for ways to attempt to deny their humanity.”

From The Epoch Times

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