Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Feinstein: ‘I’m Not Going to Get Into That at All’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | June 16, 2021 | 5:45pm EDT
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In relation to the upcoming Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) whether a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being.

"Oh, I'm not going to get into that at all," said Feinstein, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Thank you, though."

Here is the full exchange CNSNews.com had with Feinstein at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday:

CNSNews.com: “In the fall, the Supreme Court is going to review a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. So, my question is, do you believe that a baby, an unborn baby, at 15 weeks is a human being?”

Feinstein: “Do I what?”

CNSNews.com: “Do you believe that an unborn baby at 15 weeks is a human being?”

Feinstein: “Well, I’m not going--”

Staff Assistant: “Who do you work for?”

CNSNews.com: CNS News.”

Feinstein: “I’m sorry, what?”

CNSNews.com:CNS News.”

Staff Assistant: “And what’s your name?”

CNSNews.com: “Ashlianna Kreiner.”

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.  (supreme.gov)
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. (supreme.gov)

Staff Assistant: “We can take that back, senator.”

Feinstein: “Yeah, let me--”

CNSNews.com: “Okay, thank you so much for your time, I really appreciate it.”

Feinstein: “What’s the question? That an unborn baby at what?”

CNSNews.com: “At 15 weeks is a human being?”

Feinstein: “Oh, I’m not going to get into that at all. Thank you, though.”

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall. Specifically, the court will seek to decide "whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional."

In 2018, Mississippi passed a law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of a medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality. Under Roe v. Wade, abortions in most states are restricted past 24 weeks of pregnancy, the time at which an unborn baby is considered viable. 

The SCOTUS blog reports that Dobbs v. Jackson is a case that could “upend the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the court ruled that the Constitution protects the right to have an abortion before a fetus becomes viable.”

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