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Supreme court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected the idea that a fetus that has the ability to move and respond to pain is a human life that should be preserved. abortion,

“Virtually every state defines brain death as death,” said Sotomayor, appointed by former President Barack Obama. verbal reasoning In a potentially historic abortion rights case, the state of Mississippi on Wednesday defended an abortion ban law that directly challenges Roe v. Wade.

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“Still, the literature is full of episodes of people who respond to stimuli completely and completely brain dead,” Sotomayor continued. “About 40 percent of dead people are, if you touch their feet, the foot will retract. There are instinctive actions by dead brain people. So I don’t think the reaction by a fetus necessarily proves that there is a pain.” of feeling or that is consciousness.”

Sotomayor also stated that he believes that the idea that the fetus is a human life is a “religious view”.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 in Washington, DC.  Judges will weigh whether to uphold the Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks and overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.  (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Sotomayor was criticized for his remarks by conservatives on social media, including Granthshala News contributor Katie Pavlich.

The oral arguments of the Supreme Court on the date of birth drew a strong reaction from both sides on abortion

“Justice Sotomayor is comparing stillborn babies to dead people,” Pavlich tweeted.

“Sotomayor is telling how bad the pro-Row arguments are,” tweeted Joel Pollack, senior editor at Breitbart News. “Unintentionally, of course.”

“Oh good gum, Sotomayor is now playing the ‘brain death’ card,” tweeted Ryan T. Anderson, director of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. ,There is no dispute as to whether the unborn child is actually a child, a living human being or not. It’s not a debate about when a baby is viable outside the womb, it’s a question about whether the baby’s life matters.”

FILE - In this August 17, 2019 file photo, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, New Jersey as Miss US District Judge Esther Salas says attorney killed her son and seriously injured him.  The husband was also tracking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  ,  (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, centers on the law, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, much earlier than the current legal standard, which prohibits abortions prior to the viability of the fetus—by about 23 in pregnancy. 24 weeks.

Throughout all arguments, justice alternated between examining not only legal standards for abortion laws based on protecting women’s interests and potential lives, but also between the court’s own interest in protecting the public from losing trust. to be done.

Granthshala News’ Ron Blitzer contributed to this report