Sen. Jon Ossoff Dodges Question of Whether a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby is a Human Being

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 18, 2021 | 11:28am EDT
Sen. John Ossoff (D-Ga.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. John Ossoff (D-Ga.) (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. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) did not answer directly but said he hopes “the court will uphold the precedent of Roe v. Wade.”

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

He said, “I think that the standard should be that established in Roe v. Wade, and my hope and expectation is that the court will uphold the precedent of Roe v. Wade.”

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

Sen. Ossoff repeated, “I hope that the court will uphold the precedent established in Roe v. Wade.”

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.

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

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 landmark rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Transcript

CNS News: “As you know, 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. Ossoff: “I think that the standard should be that established in Roe v. Wade, and my hope and expectation is that the court will uphold the precedent of Roe v. Wade.”

CNS News: “And if an unborn baby is not a human being, what species is it?”

Sen. Ossoff: “I hope that the court will uphold the precedent established in Roe v. Wade. Thank you.”

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