Fetterman’s claim Dr. Oz opposes abortion in rape and incest cases


Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, a Democratic US Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, has accused his opponent, Republican Dr Mehmet Oz, of supporting banning abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

Oz and Fetterman are competing in a closely watched race for the open Senate seat in Pennsylvania, which could be crucial in deciding control of the chamber.

In this combination image, Mehmet Oz (L), Republican US Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, (L) and John Fetterman (R), Democratic Senate candidate for Pennsylvania. Fetterman said Oz wanted to ban abortion in cases of rape or incest.
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Fetterman tweeted August 31: “Dr. Oz caught on hot mic saying he would ban abortion even if rape or incest.”

“I have always been consistent: I will fight as hard as I can to protect women’s reproductive freedom + codify abortion rights into federal law. The choice in this election is clear,” he said. .

It seemed to refer to the audio obtained by The daily beast and published on August 31 where Oz described abortion at any stage as “murder”.

Fetterman’s new videoreleased on Tuesday, also featured part of this recording.

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Oz’s position on abortion is difficult to pin down, given that it has evolved over time, which means the underlying claim must be assessed against this background.

On May 10, while Oz was still in the Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania, he answered a question during a town hall show about how he reconciles his current stance against abortion with comments that he made in 2019 where he said “the heart does not beat” six weeks pregnant.

Oz replied, “I believe life begins at conception, and I’ve said that many times.”

“If life begins at conception, why do you care when our hearts start beating? It’s, you know, it’s still murder, if you were to end a child, let his heart beat or not,” he said.

“If you want to know the actual date, it’s usually at nine weeks when the heart starts beating. Before that, you have cells starting to connect to each other, but they’re not beating like you would see. on an echocardiogram.

Oz Campaign Communications Director Brittany Yanick told NBC News in a statement Aug. 31: “Dr. Oz is pro-life and supports exceptions for rape, incest and maternal life.”

September 6, Oz said at a press conference he was also opposed to criminal penalties for abortion.

“There should be no criminal penalties for doctors or women regarding abortion,” he saidand reiterated that he was “strongly pro-life”, but supported exceptions for rape, incest and if the mother’s life is in danger.

So while Oz’s emphatic statement made earlier that abortion at any stage is “murder” could technically be interpreted to include cases of rape or incest, Oz did not. not explicitly stated, as Fetterman’s post seems to suggest.

Additionally, the Oz campaign has repeatedly refuted claims that it opposes such exceptions.

Newsweek reached out to the Oz and Fetterman campaigns for comment.

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Misleading material

Misleading material.

Fetterman’s claim that Oz wants to ban abortion in cases of rape or incest is misleading.

Oz has previously said that abortion at any stage of pregnancy is “murder” and that life begins at conception, which could imply he supports a total ban.

However, the Oz campaign has made it clear that it supports exceptions in cases of rape, incest and when a woman’s life is in danger.

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