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Doug Mastriano is a terrible candidate in a swing state because he persistently makes the mistake of being candid about what MAGA reactionaries want:

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, said in 2019 that women should be charged with murder if they violated his proposed abortion ban.

In an interview with Pennsylvania radio station WITF, Mastriano was pressed about a bill he sponsored that would generally bar abortions when a fetal heartbeat could first be detected, usually around six weeks. Mastriano’s remarks in that interview were previously unreported.

Under his proposed legislation, Mastriano was asked whether a woman who decided to get an abortion at 10 weeks gestation would be charged with murder. Critics of the bill Mastriano backed, and of other “heartbeat bills,” say the approximate six-week timeframe is often before many women know they are pregnant.

“OK, let’s go back to the basic question there,” Mastriano said. “Is that a human being? Is that a little boy or girl? If it is, it deserves equal protection under the law.”

Asked if he was saying yes, they should be charged with murder, Mastriano responded: “Yes, I am.”

The next goal of the American anti-abortion movement will be to try to get the Supreme Court to read this policy into the 5th and 14th Amendments.

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