Sen. Murphy: ‘I’m Still a Believer’ in Roe v. Wade, When Asked If 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby is Human

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 17, 2021 | 4:50pm EDT
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) (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. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) said he is “still a believer in the standard set in Roe v. Wade” and that it is “still a very good law.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Sen. Murphy, “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’m still a believer in the standard set in Roe v. Wade. That's, I think, still a very good law.”

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

Sen. Murphy chuckled and walked away, saying, “Thanks, thanks a lot.”

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: “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. Murphy: “I’m still a believer in the standard set in Roe v. Wade. That's, I think, still a very good law.”

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

Sen. Murphy: “Thanks, thanks a lot.”

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