With the abortion debate entering the center of political debate once again in America, pro-choice advocates are doing their best to scrub over the details of the actual procedure.
Actress Alyssa Milano, who has become more of an activist for the Democrat Party in recent years, took to Twitter on Wednesday to even ask that media outlets stop using the term “heartbeat” when covering the abortion debate. She instead wants them to use the softer term “fetal pole cardiac activity.”
“Dear Press, stop calling them “heartbeat” bills and call them “fetal pole cardiac activity” bills,” the “Charmed” actress wrote on Twitter. She then linked to an opinion article making the same point.
Dear Press, stop calling them “heartbeat” bills and call them “fetal pole cardiac activity” bills https://t.co/PVDTr6pLd0
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 15, 2019
Milano’s tweet is a reaction to the controversial law recently passed in Georgia that says a legal abortion will not be performed on an expecting mother if a heartbeat can be detected inside of her.
Milano previously tried to call for a “#sexstrike” in protest of the new Georgia law, but that only inspired intense mockery online. Her new statement did the same.
“Dear Press, stop calling humans ‘human.’ It makes us look bad when we defend killing them,” one user replied to Milano’s tweet.
Another said, “Disgusting individual playing with words. Shame on you.”
Another responded, “Words don’t change anything. Fetal pole is a place in development that we all experienced. Cardiac activity is a long hand term for heartbeat.”
Yet another replied, “I’m going to be late to work today. My eyes just rolled all the way out of my head and I’m still trying to find them.”
The Washington Post also inspired some controversy online for their coverage of the new Georgia law. One passage in a story seemed to shrug off the idea of there being a “heartbeat” inside of an expecting mother.
In the article, The Post says the new abortion prohibition takes effect “after a doctor can detect what they call ‘a fetal heartbeat in the womb.'”
The dismissive “what they call” phrasing did not sit well with some pro-lifers online.
“Doctor: Do you want to hear the baby’s heart beat? WaPo reporter: That’s what YOU call it,” replied one user on Twitter.
Another said, “‘What they call’ a heartbeat?????? What else would they call it???”
Yet another replied, “Funny story, actually had a coworker argue that I was wrong about a baby’s heartbeat being detectable that early. Even after I reminded him I have a video of the sound of my daughters heartbeat… It didn’t matter.”
In another Wednesday tweet, Alyssa Milano called recent abortion bills part of the GOP’s “war on women.” She also made sure to go after President Donald Trump — of course.
“There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone. This is Trump’s anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP’s war on women,” she tweeted.
There have been nearly 30 bans on abortion introduced, passed, or signed into law in statehouses around the country this year alone.
This is Trump’s anti-choice agenda and part of the GOP’s war on women.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 15, 2019
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, she also said Republicans introducing new abortion bills are trying to take away the “rights” of women.
“We are all pro-life. But there are circumstances that we cannot avoid … Just because there are women that don’t believe in abortion, don’t take away someone else’s right,” she said.
"Nobody wants to get an abortion," says Alyssa Milano. "We are all pro-life. But there are circumstances that we cannot avoid. … Just because there are women that don't believe in abortion, don't take away someone else's right." https://t.co/NNuJJQKprb pic.twitter.com/96sdQvhCvT
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 15, 2019
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