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Twitter defends Stacey Abrams’ fetal heartbeat claim on trending list

Twitter appeared to confirm Stacey Abrams’ controversial claims that fetal heartbeats don’t exist in their promotion of the trending news story on Thursday.

The social media giant summarized the story by quoting Abrams’ comments while also adding that news organizations have confirmed “doctors agree” with her assertions.

“Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said there is [sic] ‘is no such thing’ as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks of pregnancy, and doctors agree one doesn’t exist during this early stage of pregnancy, reports from NBC News and NPR confirm,” Twitter’s description of the trending politics story read.

Twitter did not provide links to NBC News or NPR’s pieces on the subject, but a search indicates the articles were written in 2021 after the implementation of the Texas Heartbeat Act, which restricts abortions after six weeks. Twitter also did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Abrams argued on Wednesday that a fetal heartbeat at six weeks is not real and the idea was “manufactured” by men to “take control” of women’s bodies.

“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams said. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”

Twitter users blasted 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 them by eight weeks.



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