Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being? Sen. Hoeven: 'Life Begins at Conception'

Julia Johnson | June 16, 2021 | 4:19pm EDT
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Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) (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 -- Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said, "I believe life begins at conception."

At the United States Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, “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?”

Senator Hoeven said, “You know, I’m pro-life and I support life. And so, I believe life begins at conception."

When CNS News then asked if that was a yes, that an unborn baby at 15 weeks is a human being, Hoeven said, “Yes, I strongly support life and I always will, and I believe life begins at conception.” 

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall. 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 lower 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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