A WOMAN has been slammed online for posting a photo of a six-week-old embryo to show support for Alabama passing a near-total ban on abortions this week.
The controversial law could see doctors jailed for doing abortions, and Conservative commentator Liz Wheeler aimed to support her beliefs on Twitter.
Conservative commentator Liz Wheeler shared her views supporting the ban on abortions – and Twitter users weren’t happy[/caption]
Liz shared an image of a six-week-old embryo with the caption: “This is ‘two weeks late on your period.’ Two weeks late has arms & legs forming, fingers & toes, & a heartbeat!”
The photo was shared in response to politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying that “6 weeks pregnant” could equal just “2 weeks late on your period.”
It seemed that Liz was making the point that at six weeks, when many women don’t know they are yet pregnant, having an abortion is akin to murder, due to the development of the embryo.
Sadly for Liz, her tweet was pulled apart by fellow Twitter user Emily M, who sought to shatter her argument with scientific facts.
Liz inferred that having an abortion at six weeks is akin to murder[/caption]
Emily said: “It does not, however, have a brain. It has not developed a cerebral cortex & therefore is still about 8 weeks from even being able to breathe or swallow.
“It is at least 6 weeks away from the development of the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain.”
She added: “At 6 weeks, the electrical activity in what would develop into a brain is less developed than the nervous system of a shrimp. Six weeks is 17 weeks from having brain processing power to react to adverse stimuli.
“‘It is starting to form legs!’ isn’t relevant. You don’t need legs to be living or a human.
“You do, however, need a brain and the ability to breathe. Two weeks after a missed period, what the body has created is an embryo (not even a fetus yet) that is less developed than shrimp.
“Also, since Liz didn’t provide a scale for her image—an embryo is about 0.2 inches big (the size of a sweet pea) at 6 weeks.”
Other people chimed in on both sides of the debate, with many people having differing views of when “life” truly begins.
One joked: “I don’t see no fingers or toes it could be a fish for all we know.”
Another added: “Abortion should definitely be allowed til 13 weeks .. I don’t believe in abortions but however I do believe that’s more then enough time to make a decision..”
State governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, will make the final decision on whether to enact the controversial law after local senators voted in favour by 25 to six.
If it’s signed off, the new law will make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy – punishable by up to 99 years in jail.
The only exception would be when the woman’s health is at serious risk.
Many Twitter users weighed in on the debate[/caption]
The historic legislation is designed to go against the US Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalised abortion nationally.
This means it will likely be challenged in the courts – but if backed by the current conservative-led US Supreme court, could see abortions banned across America.
Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected – which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy.
The Alabama bill goes further by seeking to outlaw abortion entirely.
Unlike measures in other states, Alabama would punish only the abortion provider – not the woman receiving the abortion.
If the bill becomes law it would take effect in six months.
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