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PITTSBURGH, PA — Planned Parenthood Votes in Pennsylvania state director Cortney Bouse released the following statement on the new NBC News report on gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s 2019 interview, in which he said that women should be charged with murder if they violated his proposed abortion ban. 

“Though he has tried to downplay it in recent weeks, Doug Mastriano cannot hide who he truly is: an anti-abortion extremist who wants to criminalize patients simply for seeking essential health care. It is clear that Mastriano will stop at nothing to further his radical agenda and eliminate Pennsylvanians’ fundamental right to bodily autonomy. This November, voters are going to take control and let Doug Mastriano, US Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, and all anti-abortion politicians know they cannot control Pennsylvanians’ bodies, lives, and futures.”

Mastriano is not the only Pennsylvania statewide candidate to be caught calling an essential health care procedure “murder.” Audio from a May town hall with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz revealed he said that “I do believe life starts at conception… it’s still murder, if you were to terminate a child whether their heart’s beating or not.” 

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