Salt Lake City OB-GYN refutes board member David Alvord’s floating baby claims

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Member of Salt Lake County Council David Alvord faces backlash on Twitter over inaccurate medical claims he posted about how fetuses develop in the womb.

Background: Alvord, a Republican who served as mayor of southern Jordan, said babies are not part of women’s bodies and umbilical cords and placentas do not connect to women.

  • “The baby floats inside the woman. It’s not about the woman’s body, it’s about killing and then removing the baby’s body. It’s done in greater proportion for babies black,” he said in August 6 tweet.
  • The tweet was in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’ Publish claiming that women could make their own abortion choices without government intervention.
  • As of Thursday, Alvord’s post had received more than 400 retweets, with the majority reviewing it.

Reality check: “Obviously, that’s inaccurate, and that’s not how pregnancy develops,” said Dr. Lori Gawron, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Salt Lake City.

  • If a placenta is not attached to a mother, it would be called a placental abruption, a medical emergency that would result in the immediate death of the fetus, she said.
  • The placenta, which is attached to the walls of the uterus, connects to the fetus through the umbilical cord.
  • “This is an area where I just wish…that our policy makers would be much more humble in their statements and recognize that this is beyond their knowledge and seek advice from people who have spent their lives studying aspects of reproduction human and sexual health,” she added. said.

To note : The extent of Alvord’s medical training is unclear. His professional biography on the Salt Lake County website states that he “practiced dentistry for 16 years.”

The last: Although Alvord did not respond to Axios’ request for comment, he tweeted on Wednesday to say he remained in his original position.

  • “My tweet was not a biology lesson but simply meant to emphasize that a baby, the umbilical cord and the placenta are part of a new and developing body, with its own DNA and gender, separate from the mother.”
  • Alvord then shared links to Insider and Wikipedia articles in an effort to back up his claims.
  • A spokesperson for Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Alvord’s tweets.

Background: This isn’t the first time Alvord has made bizarre claims on social media.

  • Last year, he claimed in a Facebook post that “the left won’t be happy until we each have light brown skin” and “until there’s no more men, not women, and that we each have the same muscle mass, brains, talents and energy,” the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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