ICMYI: Burgess Oped: Science is on The Side of Life

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) drafted an oped in response to Stacey Abrams comment that there is "no such thing" as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks gestation.

Science is on The Side of Life
By Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. 
October 12, 2022
Read full oped here.

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said recently there is "no such thing" as a fetal heartbeat at six weeks gestation. Abrams made this outrageous claim in a speech in Atlanta, saying, "it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body." Abrams has also suggested that Georgia's heartbeat law shouldn't be referred to as a "heartbeat law" because "that's medically false, biologically a lie."


Thousands of doctors across the country have spent long years in medical school and residency studying medicine to care for the most vulnerable among us. When I took the Hippocratic Oath to help mothers welcome their precious children into the world, I never wasted time considering anything other than the mother or child's best interest. The idea that we could somehow "manufacture" a sound to limit women and their families is egregiously false. In both my career as a medical doctor and my time as a member of Congress, my work has centered around my belief in protecting and optimizing human life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. These unalienable rights are afforded to all Americans, enshrined by the Declaration of Independence, protected by our government and its public servants, and bolstered by hard-working men and women in every industry—particularly those in health care who sacrifice so much every day for the healing of others.


Unlike when Roe was first decided in 1973 and ultrasound technology was in its infancy, we now can see the distinctly human qualities of babies in the womb. People like Ms. Abrams would like to pretend these are "clumps of cells" or "manufactured sounds." They are not. Science has finally caught up with the lie of abortion, and science is on the side of life.