Is a 15-Week-Old Unborn Baby a Human Being: Sen. Kennedy: 'Yes'

By Julia Johnson | June 16, 2021 | 3:33pm EDT
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)   (Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (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 Kennedy (R-La.) said, "yes."

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNS News asked the senator, 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 Kennedy replied, "yes."

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."

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. 

(supreme.gov)
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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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