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Facing Backlash, Doug Mastriano Refuses to Comment on Stance That Women Who Violate Abortion Ban Should Be Charged With Murder

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As he’s done throughout his campaign, Doug Mastriano refuses to answer questions about a newly uncovered interview where he said that women should be charged with murder if they have an abortion under his proposed ban, which would have no exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the mother.

Here’s what people are saying about Mastriano’s comments:

  • WHTM: “Mastriano refused to comment to reporters on the 2019 interview.”
  • New York Times: “As a Pennsylvania senator, Doug Mastriano, now running for governor, pushed a bill to limit abortion. He indicated that women violating it should be treated as murderers.”
  • The Guardian: “Asked in 2019 if he was saying women should be charged with murder for violating an abortion ban he proposed, Doug Mastriano, now the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, said: ‘Yes, I am.’”
  • NBC News: “Mastriano has downplayed his past support for stringent abortion restrictions after winning the primary this spring, seeking to paint Shapiro as extreme on the issue while claiming his personal views are ‘irrelevant.’”
  • Insider: “Doug Mastriano, the far-right GOP nominee for governor of Pennsylvania, once said that women who decide to have an abortion in violation of a proposed ban should be charged with murder.”
  • Rolling Stone: “Trump’s pick for Pennsylvania governor said in 2019 that he believes women who get abortions after a ‘fetal heartbeat’ is detected should be treated as murderers.”
  • MSNBC: “Sometimes, news doesn’t have to be surprising to be shocking.”
  • WITF Radio’s Scott Lamar: “When a state senator says a woman should be charged with murder if she has an illegal abortion, that is totally out of the ordinary. That’s more than anything I’ve ever heard and some would say that’s an extreme position.”