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GOP gubernatorial candidate: Women should be charged with murder for violating abortion ban

Doug Mastriano, the Donald Trump-backed GOP candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, agreed in 2019 that women who violate a so-called “fetal heart rate” abortion ban he sponsored should be charged with murder.

In an interview with radio station WITF that was uncovered by NBC News this week, State Senator Mastriano was asked if a woman “who decided to have an abortion, which would be considered an illegal abortion, would be charged with murder?”

“OK, let’s get back to the basic question there,” Mastriano replied. “Is it a human being? Is it a little boy or a little girl? If so, he deserves equal protection under the law.

“So you say yes?” asked the interviewer.

“Yes, I am,” replied Mastriano, who has backed former President Donald Trump over his 2020 election lies and previously garnered backlash after he was photographed wearing a Confederate uniform.

Listen to the audio here.

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano backed former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election lies.

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Mastriano told the conservative network Real America’s Voice this week that his views on abortion “are kind of irrelevant because I can’t rule by fiat, edict or fiat on the question of life.”

“It’s up to the people of Pennsylvania to decide,” he added. “So if Pennsylvanians want exceptions, if they want to limit the number of weeks, it will have to come from your legislative body and then from my office.”

Current polls suggest Mastriano faces an uphill battle in his race against Democratic opponent Josh Shapiro to replace Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

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