Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s intrepid “fact” checker, must have been salivating over his plan to “own the cons” when he retweeted Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ claim that “there’s no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks.” Abrams (D-Tinfoil Hat) claimed that a fetal heartbeat is just a Grand Plot by men to “take control of a woman’s body.”
Kessler weighed in with, “FWIW, ‘fetal heartbeat’ is a misnomer. The ultrasound picks up electrical activity generated by an embryo.”
“The so-called ‘heartbeat’ sound you hear is created by the ultrasound,” he added. “Not until 10 weeks can the opening and closing of cardiac valves be detected by a Doppler machine.”
Apparently, a memo went out on the Left this week with the new pro-abortion talking point to justify the murder of unborn children. Dr. Stacey Abrams, M.D., and Kessler wasted no time running to Twitter to shout the New Abortion Narrative.
FWIW, “fetal heartbeat” is a misnomer. The ultrasound picks up electrical activity generated by an embryo. The so-called “heartbeat” sound you hear is created by the ultrasound. Not until 10 weeks can the opening and closing of cardiac valves be detected by a Doppler machine. … https://t.co/OODSeeFMas
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) September 22, 2022
Radiologist Pradheep J. Shanker quickly pointed out that Kessler has no idea what he is talking about:
Glenn… This is scientifically and medically incorrect. 100%.
Ultrasound can’t detect electrical activity. Who told you otherwise? https://t.co/PxxPViEV70
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) September 22, 2022
He said the NPR article Kessler cited was wrong. “Ultrasound only detects density and motion. It cannot detect any electrical activity at all. This is a scientific fact,” Shanker declared. “It is true that the valves in the heart develop later. However, the cardiac muscles that are located in the embryological heart are contracting. They are in fact moving inward and outward. That is how you define a beat.”
He conceded that a fetal heartbeat isn’t the same as a fully developed adult heartbeat but added, “the cardiac tissue is contracting, which is literally what a beat is. To say otherwise is scientific misinformation, and cannot be treated otherwise.” What!?!?!?! Misinformation from the world’s leading “fact” checker? How can this be?
Shanker advised Kessler to delete the tweet and “completely correct it with somebody who knows the science and actually understands what they are talking about, and issue an apology because this is really a pathetic scientific document.”
Don’t hold your breath.
Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter offered this inconvenient truth:
So you’re saying the embryo is generating electrical activity which means it’s… alive.
Talk about a fact check that bites you in the ass. https://t.co/49PwThwoVM
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 22, 2022
The pro-life website LifeNews weighed in with a video showing the heartbeat of a baby 22 days after conception.
An unborn baby’s heart starts beating 22 days after conception. Here’s proof. pic.twitter.com/QIqaiPP9dl
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) September 22, 2022
Others on Twitter mocked Kessler’s bogus claim:
There was no small amount of mockery for Stacey Abrams’ conspiracy theory, either:
Stacey Abrams: “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at 6 weeks”
NIH: Weeks 6-7: “Baby’s heart continues to grow and now beats at a regular rhythm.”
Stop denying science in an attempt to back up your extreme position on abortion.https://t.co/wSekcGZA7a
— SBA Pro-Life America | 72% 🇺🇸 support 15 weeks (@sbaprolife) September 22, 2022
Here’s the origin of this myth…. Naturally, it’s @TheAtlantic. Check out the LONG list of corrections… https://t.co/tbpv0Kpvqu
— Larry O’Connor (@LarryOConnor) September 22, 2022
The Pacific, a parody account for The Atlantic, knocked it out of the park with this one:
— The Pacific (@ThePacificNews) September 22, 2022
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about this stupidity. As funny as all of this is, I fully expect the “fact” checkers to come at me for daring to call out Stacey Abrams and Glenn Kessler. It’s clear that the facts aren’t on the Left’s side in the abortion debate — ultrasound leaves no doubt that what’s in a mother’s womb is actually a baby — so they lie, spin, prevaricate, and deceive — all with the imprimatur of the “fact” checkers.
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