Senator Kelly Dodges Question on Whether Unborn, 15-Week-Old Baby is a Human Being’

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | June 18, 2021 | 4:44pm EDT
Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) (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, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) did not answer directly but said he supports “a woman’s right to make their own healthcare decisions.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Kelly, “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?”

Kelly replied, “I’m a supporter of a woman’s right to make their own healthcare decisions. This should be a decision between them and their doctor and their family.”

In a follow-up, CNS News asked, “If an unborn baby at 15 weeks is not a human being, what species is it?”

Sen. Kelly, again, did not answer the question but said, “Like I said, this is a decision that a woman needs to make with her family and her doctor. You have enough of the federal government to get involved in these very personal healthcare decisions.”

The Supreme Court has agreed to review Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization this fall, which questions the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.  (supreme.gov)
Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. (supreme.gov)

Jackson Women’s Health Organization’s is challenging the law based on the claim that the Supreme Court’s past cases do not permit states to ban abortion before the baby is viable, which generally occurs around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The case is scheduled to be heard in the fall and could have significant implications on the Supreme Court’s past landmark rulings on Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Transcript

CNS News: “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. Kelly: “I’m a supporter of a woman’s right to make their own healthcare decisions. This should be a decision between them and their doctor and their family.”

CNS News: “If an unborn baby at 15 weeks is not a human being, what species is it?”

Sen. Kelly: Like I said, this is a decision that a woman needs to make with her family and her doctor. You have enough of the federal government to get involved in these very personal healthcare decisions. Thank you.”

CNS News: “Thank you, Senator.”

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