Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has reportedly released a secret edit to its fact sheet on fetal development to change language that appears to support the idea that fetuses do indeed have a heartbeat after six weeks in the womb.
Although it is difficult to determine exactly when Planned Parenthood edited the language, Fox News noted that the organization’s website said that babies have a heartbeat at six weeks as of July 25 of this year. Life News also noted the change on August 22.
“A very simple beating heart and circulatory system develops,” the original fact sheet said in the “what happens during weeks 5-6” section.
The redacted section now reads as follows: “A part of the embryo begins to show cardiac activity. It looks like a heartbeat on an ultrasound, but it’s not a fully formed heart – it’s the earliest stage of heart development.”
Planned Parenthood’s new fact sheet appears to contradict the National Library of Medicine, which says five-week-old fetuses have a “brain, spinal cord and heart” beginning to develop, which then “beat at a rhythm regular” around. six weeks.
“This can be seen with a vaginal ultrasound,” says the National Library of Medicine.
The UK’s National Health Service also says that “the heart is forming as a simple tube-like structure” around the fifth week and “[the] the baby already has some of its own blood vessels and the blood starts to circulate.”
Conservatives widely noted the change Thursday after Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams suggested that a fetus’s heartbeat is a “manufactured sound” designed to control a woman’s body.
Planned Parenthood’s website was quietly updated today to remove that a baby has a heartbeat at 5-6 weeks
TRUST THE SCIENCE SOMETIMES WE CHANGE IT TO FIT OUR NARRATIVE! pic.twitter.com/ppYP97YQov
— Ashley St. Clair (@stclairashley) September 22, 2022
“There’s no such thing as a heartbeat in six weeks,” Abrams said Wednesday. “It’s a manufactured soundbite designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
Abrams is likely taking aim at Georgia’s 2019 law that banned most abortions in the state since doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, which usually occurs around six weeks.
Since most women do not learn of their pregnancy for the first six weeks, the law effectively bans all abortions in the Peach State. Although the law faced numerous hurdles, it finally came into force this year after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Speaking to CNN, Abrams promised that abortion will be “front and center” in her campaign.
“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. “We are driving not only doctors and nurses out of state, but likely jobs. And that should be terrifying for anyone, regardless of your political beliefs.”