Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Sen. Stabenow: ‘We Need to Respect’ What 'Supreme Court Has Said in the Past'

By Ashlianna Kreiner | June 17, 2021 | 12:52pm EDT
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) (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 – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said that what the Supreme Court has said about the right to privacy “is something we need to respect.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “The Supreme Court this fall will review a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being?”

Sen. Stabenow responded “I think that what the Supreme Court has said in the past about the right to privacy and the difficult, difficult decisions for women to make in those circumstances is something that we need to respect.”

When asked again if a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being, the senator said she had to go to a hearing, and moved on.

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. 

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

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.”

Full Transcript:

CNSNews.com: “The Supreme Court this fall will review a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being?”

Stabenow: “I think that what the Supreme Court has said in the past about the right to privacy and the difficult, difficult decisions for women to make in those circumstances is something that we need to respect.”

CNSNews.com: “Thank you, and do you believe that the unborn baby is a human being?”

Stabenow: “I got a hearing. Thank you.”

CNSNews.com: “Thank you.”

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