Sen. Blackburn: ‘Only 7 Developed Nations Still Allow Abortion After 20 Weeks’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 18, 2021 | 2:32pm EDT
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) (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 – Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) did not answer directly but said, “there are only seven developed nations that still allow abortion after 20 weeks.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Sen. Blackburn, “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?”

She said, “What we know is that science has shown that babies are developed to the point of gender, they have some features, hair, etcetera, and we know that there are only seven developed nations that still allow abortion after 20 weeks.”

According to the most updated version of a 2014 report by the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States are the seven countries that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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

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.

Transcript

CNS News: “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. Blackburn: “What we know is that science has shown that babies are developed to the point of gender, they have some features, hair, etcetera, and we know that there are only seven developed nations that still allow abortion after 20 weeks.”

CNS News: “Thank you.”

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