ABC Questions When a Baby’s Heartbeat Is Really Detected, What Some ‘Believe’

NewsBusters | 5/29/2019 | Staff
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There was another victory for the pro-life movement on Wednesday when the Louisiana legislature passed their own heartbeat law, which banned abortions after the unborn child’s heartbeat was first detected. But during ABC’s World News Tonight that evening, correspondent Steve Osunsami seemed to question if that was really a heartbeat being heard.

After anchor David Muir described the law as “the latest in a wave of challenges across this country”, Osunsami decried Louisiana for defying protesters and “join[ing] a chorus of states voting to outlaw abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when supporters of the law believe that a fetal heartbeat can be detected.”

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So according to Osunsami, pro-lifers only “believe” that the heartbeat was being detected. And the left claims the right is “anti-science”.

“Opponents tried to make exceptions for women who are victims of rape or incest,” he touted before lamenting, “they failed.” He elevated a soundbite of an unnamed Louisiana lawmaker opposing the bill, who bitterly suggested: “You're interested in pro-birth. But you're not interested in what happens to that child.”

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From there, Osunsami shared liberal fears for the last abortion clinic in Missouri. The clinic was on the brink of shutting down because they refused to have their doctors answer questions from the state, but Osunsami refused to mention that part.

But he did promote an unnamed and alarmist medical professional who claimed the laws could get women killed:

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When women don't think there's an option for a safe, legal, and accessible abortion in their state or near them, they're going to seek whatever care they can find. [Transition] And many women are going to be hurt or injured or potentially lose their life.

There was absolutely no identification, on-screen or otherwise, to tell viewers exactly who the man was. ABC was basically talking to a man wearing scrubs in...
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