Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is being considered for a seat on the United States Supreme Court, declined to say whether a 20-week-old fetus can live outside of the womb during her confirmation hearing this week.
Sen. Cornyn asked whether a 20-week-old unborn baby can survive outside of the womb, noting that a kid would “need to be fed, housed, and all of the other necessities to maintain human life.”
“Senator, I’m not a biologist,” she said. “This is something I haven’t looked into thoroughly. I’m not sure.”
“You can’t be sure that an unborn child at 20 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb?” Cornyn pressed.
The candidate stated that the Supreme Court has created the right for a woman to terminate a pregnancy up to a certain point of viability, and that it has “standards” in place to regulate abortion.
The 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court ruled for a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy from the point of fetal viability (which is between 24-28 weeks) until the end of pregnancy, while allowing the states to regulate abortions after that point, was referenced by Judge Jackson.
According to the University of Utah, a fetus born before 24 weeks’ gestation has a less than 50 percent chance of survival. Premature babies have an odds of 40 percent developing long-term health issues.
When pressed by Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn during her hearing on the topic, Jackson refused to define the phrase “woman.” She gave the same response: “I’m not a biologist.”
When asked if providing a definition was too contentious, Jackson said her job as a judge is to resolve disputes regarding a definition and give a final ruling after proper evaluation.
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week, Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy asked if Jackson thought life begins at birth, to which she responded that she did not know. When making legal decisions, she sets her religious beliefs aside.
This goes to show that Democrats always choose the most extreme possible candidate when they want to hire a new Supreme Court Justice.
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