Senate Judiciary Chairman Durbin Doesn't Say Whether a 15-Week Unborn Baby is a Human Being

By Julia Johnson | June 15, 2021 | 4:46pm EDT
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) speaks at a news conference. (Photo credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) speaks at a news conference. (Photo credit: Paul Morigi/WireImage)

(CNSNews) -- When asked whether a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being, in relation to a pending Supreme Court case, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) did not answer but said he was focused on immigration at the moment. 

At the U.S. 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?” 

Durbin replied, “We’re on the issue of DREAMers and immigration. We’ll address the other issues later,” in reference to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. 

CNS News then asked the senator what species is an unborn baby at 15 weeks. He did not respond. 

This fall, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding a 15-week ban on abortion in the state of Mississippi. The Court will determine "whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional."

In 2018, Mississippi banned abortions that occur after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions in the cases of severe fetal abnormality or medical emergency. Roe v. Wade prohibits abortions from being conducted in most states after 24 weeks of pregnancy, when an unborn baby is deemed viable. 

Julia Johnson is a CNSNews intern and student at the University of South Carolina.

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