Soon after Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed legislation known as the "heartbeat bill," which bans abortions in the state when the unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) weighed in with a tweet critics are slamming as callous and misinformed.
"'6 weeks pregnant' = 2 weeks late on your period," the socialist posted. "Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant. So this is a backdoor ban."
Of course, being six-weeks pregnant is a lot more than just being late on your period — ask any woman who’s miscarried or had a baby. At that time in a pregnancy, the unborn child is developing facial features and has a beating heart. Moreover, Ocasio-Cortez is misinformed about the authors of the legislation, a majority of whom are women, not men.
Pro-life advocates were quick to rebuff the Congresswoman. Live Action founder Lila Rose, for example, highlighted the unborn child’s development at six weeks.
"[Baby Center] explains a baby’s amazing development at 6 weeks: ‘The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape...His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute...and blood is beginning to course through his body,'" she wrote.
The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti, currently pregnant with twins, emphasized the changes which occur during and before six weeks gestation.
"Are people just unaware that changes happen in your body in the first 2-4 weeks of pregnancy? I might be more experienced with this given my fertility treatments/history, but there's a whole hormonal shift that happens. It's not just a random zygote just floating around in there," said Zanotti. "A miscarriage at 6 weeks pregnant (four passed missed period) is pretty damn horrifying and emotionally scarring. It ain't just a late and extremely heavy menstrual cycle."
"It's not a 'backdoor ban,'" responded Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro. "It is a ban on abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, just like it says it is. The fact that this is early in pregnancy is the entire point of the bill. The fact that a six-week-old embryo is apparently just a missed period to you is disturbing."
One America News Network’s Liz Wheeler captioned a photo of a developing child: "This is 'two weeks late on your period.' Two weeks late has arms & legs forming, fingers & toes, & a heartbeat!"
"Here are the 5 main sponsors of the bill. So here are the two men you slandered as ‘Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. And the other three are... WOMEN!" pointed out Conservative columnist Jeryl Bier.
Blaze TV’s Allie Beth Stuckey noted that many of the bill’s supporters, such as herself, are women:
The heartbeat bill "is very simple but also very powerful: a declaration that all life has value, that all life matters, and that all life is worthy of protection," said Gov. Kemp on Wednesday. "I realize that some may challenge it in a court of law. But our job is to do what is right, not what is easy. We are called to be strong and courageous, and we will not back down. We will always continue to fight for life."