Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Sen. Sanders: ‘I Believe Very Strongly in Roe v. Wade’

Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 16, 2021 | 10:45am EDT
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) (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. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) did not answer directly but said, “it is women and not politicians who have the right to control their own bodies.”

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

Sen. Sanders said, “I believe very strongly in Roe v. Wade. I think it is women and not politicians who have the right to control their own bodies. Thank you.”

In a follow-up, CNS News asked, “If an unborn baby is not a human being, what species is it?”

Sanders did not respond and walked away.

The Supreme Court has agreed to review Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall, which questions the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.


Jackson Women’s Health Organization’s is challenging the law based on the claim that the Supreme Court’s past cases do not permit states to ban abortion before the baby is viable, which generally occurs around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The case is scheduled to be heard in the fall and could have significant implications on the Supreme Court’s past landmark rulings on Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

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