Sen. Shelby: ‘I Think We All Believe There’s Life There,’ When Asked if a 15-Week-old Unborn Baby is Human

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 18, 2021 | 4:18pm EDT
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) (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. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, “I think we all believe there’s life there.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Sen. Shelby, “The Supreme Court, as you know, 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?”

“I’m a pro-life person,” he said. “I think we all believe there’s life there, you wouldn’t abort or kill something, you know?

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 past landmark rulings on Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

 

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CNS News: “The Supreme Court this fall will review a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.”

Sen. Shelby: “Are you talking about the Supreme Court case now?”

CNS News: “Yes.”

Sen. Shelby: “Are they ruling on it?”

CNS News: “They will rule on it in the fall.”

Sen. Shelby: “Well, they haven’t yet. Well, that’s in the court.”

CNS News: “Is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being?”

Sen. Shelby: “I’m a pro-life person, you know?”

CNS News: “So, you do believe that an unborn baby at 15 weeks is a human being?”

Sen. Shelby: “Well, I think we all believe there’s life there, you know? You wouldn’t abort or kill something, you know?”

CNS News: “Yes.”

Sen. Shelby: “Thank you.”

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