The Atlantic published “How the Ultrasound Pushed the Idea That a Fetus Is a Person” on Tuesday. The 2,500-word article argued that ultrasound technology “has been used to create an imaginary ‘heartbeat’ and sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.” The article by Moira Weigel, a Yale doctoral candidate in comparative literature, included at least three major errors that the publication corrected.
The Atlantic later deleted the sentence from the story, dropping any mention that heartbeats captured by ultrasound were imaginary. Editors revised the headline and sub-headline to read: “How Ultrasounds Became Political: The technology has been used to create sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.”
The article also incorrectly described John Kasich as the governor of Indiana…