Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz says he’s pro-life and that he believes human life begins at conception. The comments come as new audio surface today of Oz saying he thinks killing babies in aboritons is “murder.”
According to an NBC News report today, Oz told Pennsylvania voters in May that he’s pro-life and opposes killing unborn children.
“I do believe life starts at conception, and I’ve said that multiple times,” Oz, a Republican, said at the time in a tele-town hall, going on to add: “If life starts at conception, why do you care what stage our hearts starts beating at? It’s, you know, it’s still murder, if you were to terminate a child whether their heart’s beating or not.”
“If you want to know the actual date, it’s usually at nine weeks that the heart starts beating. Prior to that, you have cells that are starting to connect with each other but they’re not beating in the way that you would see it on an echocardiogram,” he said.
A section on Oz’s issues page says he “knows how precious life is and is 100% Pro-Life.” In an accompanying video, Oz says: “I’m pro-life. Life starts at conception. That’s how I feel.”
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In comments after the audio surfaced, Oz’s campaign told NBC that he is still pro-life on abortion.
“Dr. Oz is pro-life and supports exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother,” it said. “It’s quite the contrast from John Fetterman who supports abortion up until the moment of birth.”
Oz faces Democrat John Fetterman in the race for the open Senate seat vacated by pro-life Senator Pat Toomey. Fetterman strongly supports killing babies in abortions up to birth.
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