(CNSNews.com) -- When asked if an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver is a human being, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), citing the Supreme Court, said that "in the first trimester, they're not."
At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked Gutierrez: “Is a unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”
Gutierrez responded: “The Supreme Court says that in the first trimester, they’re not.”
CNSNews.com followed up by asking: “Okay, so what species is it if it isn’t a human being?”
“I am--I support the Constitution of the United States and I respect the laws of this land,” Gutierrez said.
CNSNews.com then started to asked, "So --," but Congressman Gutierrez continued and said: “That decision has already been made, and I’m going to follow the law."
Currently, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts, as revealed in a series of undercover videos, and whether to end federal funding of the organization.
The Mayo Clinic’s webpage on fetal development states that an unborn baby's heart starts pumping blood four weeks after conception.
According to its latest annual report, in fiscal year 2014, Planned Parenthoodperformed 327,653 abortions.
Planned Parenthood also received $528.4 million from government grants and reimbursements that year, which equaled 41 percent of its revenue.