Sen. Tim Kaine Dodges Question on Whether a 15-Week-Old Baby is a Human Being

Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 18, 2021 | 12:06pm EDT
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) (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. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) did not answer directly but said, “I am a very strong supporter of Roe v. Wade.”

 
 

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

Kaine, a Catholic, said, “I am a very strong supporter of Roe v. Wade and the Casey decision. I think the Mississippi laws go too far in taking away women’s rights to make decisions about pregnancies. early in pregnancy, and I would hope that the court would basically confirm the legitimacy of the Roe v. Casey line.”

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

Sen. Kaine walked onto the Senate floor to vote and did not answer the question.

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 landmark rulings in 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. Is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being?”

Sen. Kaine: “I am a very strong supporter of Roe v. Wade in the Casey decision. I think the Mississippi laws go too far in taking away women’s rights to make decisions about pregnancies, early in pregnancy, and I would hope that the court would basically confirm the legitimacy of the Roe v. Casey line.

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

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