Sen. Mike Braun: ‘I Believe Life Starts at Conception’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 18, 2021 | 3:39pm EDT
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.)  (Getty images)
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) (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. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said he believes “life begins at conception,” and he hopes that the courts will make it much harder for abortions to be performed.

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Sen. Braun, “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 believe that it should be much earlier than that where you ban abortion. Hopefully, some of these laws will get passed by the states that start to knock back on abortions in general, start getting upheld by the federal courts, and ideally get to the Supreme Court where they push it back even further.”

When asked if the unborn child is a human being, Senator Braun said, “I believe life starts at conception, so.”

Many of Sen. Braun’s colleagues in the Senate refused to answer the same question on the humanity of an unborn baby at 15 weeks, and to them he said that given the large amount of discussion around the issue, they “ought to surely have an opinion, and most are just going to be afraid to say that because it’s a very dividing issue. To me, it’s very simple.”

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

While Sen. Braun said he does not “demonize” anyone with whom he disagrees, he does “wonder how they can have that point of view where life isn’t sacred from the beginning.”

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. Braun: “I believe that it should be much earlier than that where you ban abortion. Hopefully some of these laws will get passed by the states that start to knock back on abortions in general, start getting upheld by the federal courts and ideally get to the Supreme Court where they push it back even further.”

CNS News: “So you do believe it’s a human being?”

Sen. Braun: “I believe life starts at conception.”

CNS News: “And what would you say to your colleagues who will not or are unable to answer this question?”

Sen. Braun: “With all the time and effort and discussion on it in general, [they] ought to surely have an opinion, and most are just going to be afraid to say that because it’s a very dividing issue. To me, it’s very simple. I don’t ever demonize anybody that disagrees with me, but I wonder how they can have that point of view where life isn’t sacred from the beginning.”

CNS News: “Thank you, Senator.”

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