'It's not a little child': gynecologists join the fight against six-week abortion bans
Abortion rights activists protest outside the US supreme court in January 2019. Photograph: José Luis Magaña/AP
“When throbbing of some tissue begins, it’s not a heart,” said Dr Sara Imershein, a gynecologist and obstetrician in Falls Church, Virginia. “Really, we call it an embryo until about nine weeks from last menstrual period,” or roughly three weeks after the new laws prohibit termination of pregnancy.