Is 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Sen. Baldwin: 'The Question Will Revolve Around a Previous Precedent in Roe'

Julia Johnson | June 15, 2021 | 2:48pm EDT
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Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)  (Getty Images)
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In relation to the upcoming Supreme Court case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, asked Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D.-Wisc.) whether a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being.

Baldwin did not answer directly but said that is a question "the court will be looking at."

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked Sen. Baldwin, "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?"

Baldwin said,  "Uh, those are the questions that the court will be looking at. So, the question will revolve around a previous precedent in Roe v. Wade, and a lot of those questions will come to the fore.  It's going to be a much-watched case."

"The Supreme Court is going to be looking at whether the law passed by Mississippi is constitutional or not."

In the fall, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Specifically, the Court will seek to decide "whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional."

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.  (
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. (

In 2018, Mississippi passed a law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of a medical emergency or severe fetal abnormality. Under Roe v. Wade, abortions in most states are restricted past 24 weeks of pregnancy, the time at which an unborn baby is considered viable. 

The Mississippi law has been challenged in the circuit courts and the state lost in those rulings.  

The Supreme Court's decision in this case could undercut Roe v. Wade or strengthen it, depending on how the justices rule.  

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