People really need to start educating themselves.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Lawmakers in 15 states have introduced so-called “fetal heartbeat” legislation this year to ban abortion as soon as a doctor can detect cardiac activity in an embryo, which typically happens at around six weeks into a pregnancy.
But doctors say that not only is that cutoff completely arbitrary, it’s also based on the false premise that a “fetal heartbeat” — a phrase often included in the bills’ titles — even exists at that stage of pregnancy.
“To say that a six-week pregnancy has a fetal anything is incorrect,” explained Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions, noting that the term “fetal heartbeat” isn’t even applicable until about 10 weeks into a pregnancy. At that point, an embryo has developed sufficiently to be called a fetus.
At six weeks, an embryo’s cardiac development “doesn’t at all resemble what would eventually become a functioning human adult heart,” she said. “At that point, it really is just these two tubes with a couple of layers of cardiac or heart cells that can vibrate or cause some sort of movement that we use colloquially to talk about a ‘fetal heartbeat.’”
Dr. Carley Zeal, another OB-GYN based in St. Louis, expressed similar frustration with the “fetal heartbeat” terminology these bills are using.
An embryo at six weeks “has no other functioning organs, no ability to live on its own, and it’s actually so small that when we review pathology from an abortion or a miscarriage at six weeks gestation, there’s not an identifiable fetus to review,” she said. “It’s just a gestational sac and some cells, so it’s very small and definitely not able to live outside of the womb.”
At that point, an embryo is less than a centimeter long, she said. That’s smaller than a penny or the width of most people’s pinky fingers.
The only way to fight misinformation is with accurate information.
People need to educate themselves, and if they refuse the truth needs to be jammed down their throats with a toilet plunger.
I am fucking tired of Republicans using the inherent ignorance of the American people to strip them of their rights.
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life.