Is 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Sen. Hawley: 'Yes, Absolutely'

By Julia Johnson | June 17, 2021 | 12:32pm EDT
Sen. Josh Hawley
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(CNS News) -- Asked if an unborn child at 15 weeks is a human being, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO.) said, “She is absolutely human and absolutely entitled to the right to life.”

At the United States Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked Hawley: “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?”

“Yes, absolutely,” Hawley replied. “Just because the baby is in the womb doesn’t mean that she is not human. She is absolutely human and absolutely entitled to the right to life.”

“It’s science. This isn’t difficult, this is science. We should embrace science,” the senator said, responding to his colleagues who have refused to answer the question.

Everyone is entitled to the same protections, regardless of appearance or stage of development, Sen. Hawley said:

“And this is a distinct life with distinct DNA and a distinct future that’s all her own. It’s a matter of science but it’s also a moral imperative. Just because someone looks differently than we do or is in a different stage of development doesn’t mean that she’s entitled to fewer protections and so I think that’s a really foundational American principle. I would hope that everybody would be able to recognize that.”

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall. The case, which addresses the constitutionality of pre-viability abortion bans, challenges the precedent set in Roe v. Wade, which prohibited abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

At issue is a Mississippi law passed in 2018 prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks, except in certain outstanding circumstances.

Transcript:

CNSNews.com: “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. Josh Hawley: “Yes, absolutely. Absolutely. Just because the baby is in the womb doesn’t mean that she is not human. She is absolutely human and absolutely entitled to the right to life.”

CNSNews.com: “What do you say to some of your colleagues who are unable to answer that question or refuse to answer that question?”

Sen. Josh Hawley: “It’s science. This isn’t difficult, this is science. We should embrace science. And this is a distinct life with distinct DNA and a distinct future that’s all her own. And, it’s a matter of science, but it’s also a moral imperative. Just because someone looks differently than we do or is in a different stage of development doesn’t mean that she’s entitled to fewer protections. And and so I think that’s a really foundational American principle. So, I would hope that everybody would be able to recognize it.”

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