Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Sen. Ernst: 'Of Course'

By Ashlianna Kreiner | June 17, 2021 | 2:54pm EDT
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked if a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being – in relation to an upcoming Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said, “yes,” and added that Democrats need to “follow the science” because “a baby is a baby.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Senator Ernst, “So the Supreme Court is reviewing a law that Mississippi has that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. So my question is, do you believe that an unborn baby at 15 weeks is a human being?”

Senator Ernst replied, “Well, of course I do, I do, yes. I think that it is really important, and we have seen as well, that babies at that gestational age feel pain. So this is an effort that we’ve had here in the United States Senate and I’m glad that states are taking that up.”

“I believe in life, and I think it’s important to protect life," she said. " So I’m glad they’re doing it and I know other states have the same concerns. But what we want our friends across the aisle to understand is that, if you truly want to follow the science, then let’s follow the science. A baby is a baby.”

Ernst continued, “And especially at that age, there is no doubt that they feel pain and, that through the process of abortion, it’s a horrific death for that child. And so, yes.”

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

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.”

Transcript

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

Ernst: “Well, of course I do, I do, yes. I think that it is really important, and we have seen as well that babies at that gestational age feel pain. So, this is an effort that we’ve had here in the United States Senate and I’m glad that states are taking that up. I believe in life, and I think it’s important to protect life. So, I’m glad they’re doing it and I know other states have the same concerns. But what we want, our friends across the aisle to understand is that if you truly want to follow the science, then let’s follow the science. A baby is a baby. And especially at that age there is no doubt that they feel pain and, that through the process of abortion, it’s a horrific death for that child. And so, yes.”

CNSNews.com: “Thank you, so much.”   

A baby killed by saline-injection abortion.  (Priests for Life.)
A baby killed by saline-injection abortion. (Priests for Life.)

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