In the days and hours leading up to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, few members of Congress have been more visible than U.S. Sen. James Lankford.
A Baptist minister with a high priority on banning legal abortion since entering public office more than a dozen years ago, Lankford has spoken on the Senate floor and at Senate press conferences, made the rounds of conservative-oriented news programs and gotten an opinion piece published on the Fox News web site.
On Tuesday night and then on Wednesday, he mingled with demonstrators outside the Supreme Court Building.
“When you look at a picture of a child in the womb, there is no doubt that you are looking at human being,” Lankford told the demonstrators Wednesday morning.
Like many activists, Lankford tends to dismiss abortion without regard to circumstances such as rape, incest or the age or the physical or emotional health of the girl or woman involved.
“Children are not an inconvenience,” Lankford said Wednesday.
“My mother used to have a saying that you can’t be a little bit pregnant,” Lankford said. “(Abortion rights proponents are) saying you can be a little bit pregnant and while you’re a little bit pregnant you can have an abortion, but later you shouldn’t be able to have an abortion.
“Listen, my mom was right. You can’t be just a little bit pregnant. You’re either pregnant or you’re not pregnant, and if you’re pregnant that’s not tissue in you. That’s a baby,” Lankford said.
“For all the people making the little bit pregnant argument, I smile at them and say, ‘That doesn’t work.’ We all know that positive on a pregnancy test means positive for a child.”
Lankford, who faces a primary challenge next year, acknowledged that ending legal abortion isn’t the same as ending abortion.
“It’s one thing to make abortion illegal,” he said. “It’s another to make it unthinkable.”