MAGA Hot Mic: Pennsylvania GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Doug Mastriano
October 31, 2022
One could write a book on Doug Mastriano’s extreme anti-choice positions, but we’re going to just give you some of the key highlights. Today’s MAGA Hot Mic honors fall on none other than Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano.
When asked if he was calling for a woman to be charged with murder for having an abortion under his proposed ban, Mastriano said, “Yes, I am.”
New York Times: “Doug Mastriano, the far-right Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania, indicated in 2019 that women should be charged with murder if they violated a proposed abortion ban, a comment that Democrats on Tuesday highlighted as another example of Mr. Mastriano’s embrace of policies that are well outside the political mainstream.”
Forbes: “Asked whether that meant he was saying yes, he does believe people would be charged with murder, Mastriano responded, ‘Yes, I am.’”
Mastriano has also called for threatening doctors with jail time for performing abortions.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: “During an April debate, Mastriano called legal abortion ‘a national catastrophe’ and promised to push his six-week abortion ban if elected governor. He has also voiced support for punishing doctors who perform the procedure. ‘It’s going to be a crime as governor,’ he said during the televised forum.”
Doug Mastriano has made clear he wants to push further restrictions if elected governor.
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: “Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano is all-in on outlawing abortion in Pennsylvania. In the spring, Mastriano said abortion was his ‘No. 1 issue.’ If elected, Mastriano promised to ‘move with alacrity’ to ban abortion after about six weeks into a pregnancy.”
WESA: “But if elected, [Mastriano] said, ‘I look forward to signing into law either [a] heartbeat bill or the fetal pain bill’ which would also limit abortion access based on contested assertions about whether a fetus feels pain.”
Make no mistake, this is all coming from someone who has repeatedly called for an abortion ban with no exceptions.
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: “‘I don’t give a way for exceptions,’ Mastriano said. Mastriano dismissed a pregnant person’s right to choose what to do with their own body, saying: ‘My body, my choice is ridiculous nonsense.’”
Doug Mastriano and Republicans across the country have made clear their extreme, anti-abortion agendas. Criminalizing abortion, threatening doctors with jail time, and supporting measures that could jeopardize some forms of birth control and IVF treatments is what Republicans’ post-Dobbs world looks like. This is what’s at stake in just over a week until the midterm elections.