On Wednesday, Stacey Abrams, who is currently running as the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, said that fetal heartbeats at six weeks are “manufactured” sounds used so men can “take control” of women’s bodies.
Abrams, who is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, made the remarks during an event at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta on Wednesday.
“There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” Abrams told the audience. “It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman’s body.”
According to Fox News, Abrams’ comments seemed to take a shot at Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, which was passed after the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade in June.
The legislation – titled the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (Life) Act – prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Fetal heartbeats can be found as early as six weeks of pregnancy.