Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human? Sen. Lujan: ‘Trust Women to Continue to Make Those Decisions’

By Ashlianna Kreiner | June 17, 2021 | 10:48am EDT
Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) (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 – Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) did not answer directly but said federal laws should “trust women to continue to make those decisions with their doctors and with their god.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Senator Lujan, “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?”

Luján responded, “Look, I think that it is critically important that legislation that is adopted across the country and here in Washington, D.C., continues to trust women to continue to make those decisions with their doctors and with their god.”

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.”

Transcript:

CNSNews.com: “The Supreme Court this fall will review a Mississippi law that bans…”

Luján: “Who are you with? Which group? Yeah.”

CNSNew.com: “Um, most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being?”

Luján: “Look, I think that it is critically important that legislation that is adopted across the country and here in Washington DC continues to trust women to continue to make those decisions with their doctors and their god.”

CNSNews.com: “Thank you, but ….”

Luján: “Thank you, thank you very much.”

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