On Wednesday, abortion fanatic Alyssa Milano admonished the media to stop referring to the anti-abortion bills that have been passed in numerous states as “heartbeat bills,’ mockingly calling them “fetal pole cardiac activity” bills.
Milano was quoting the headline from a 2016 article by abortion champion Dr. Jen Gunter in which Gunter ranted:
It’s bad enough that these bills exist, but the press needs to do a better job of calling them what they are. If politicians want to play doctor they should be using medical terms. If they refuse to use the correct terminology the press should correct them. People who vote for the a**holes who write these s*** shows know them as “heartbeat bills” not because they follow them as they groan through committee, but because that is how they read or hear about them in the news. The politicians know exactly what they are doing as a “heartbeat” bills is a way of making a 4 mm thickening next to a yolk sac seem like it is almost ready to walk … I expect nothing less than a campaign of misinformation from the misogynistic degenerates who hold office in these places.
… when most people think of a heartbeat they don’t think of a 4.3 mm thickening next to a blob they think of something like this… No one passing these laws gives a shit about the medicine or the science or the statistics … I really believe the a**holes in Ohio who voted for the fetal pole cardiac activity bill truly believe that the more than 21,000 women in Ohio who get abortions each year are just doing so because the greedy doctors who run the abortion spa at the mall have frequent BOGOs on pleasure abortions and if these little women just had a firmer hand from the patriarchy they would see the error of their ways.
Yet as Americanpregnancy.org notes, “Between 5 ½ to 6 ½ weeks, a fetal pole or even a fetal heartbeat may be detected by vaginal ultrasound.” According to Johns Hopkins medicine, in a section titled, First Trimester Fetal Growth and Development Benchmarks, “By the end of four weeks: All major systems and organs begin to form. The embryo looks like a tadpole. The neural tube (which becomes the brain and spinal cord), the digestive system, and the heart and circulatory system begin to form. The beginnings of the eyes and ears are developing. Tiny limb buds appear, which will develop into arms and legs. The heart is beating.”
The new pro-life bill passed in Alabama that banned abortion unless the mother’s life is in danger joins “heartbeat bills” that have been passed this year in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio, all of which banned abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Utah and Arkansas passed bills that limited abortions to the period of time after the middle of the second trimester.