I would like to introduce you to Bob Nonini, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Idaho:
“Prosecutions have always been focused on the abortionist,” said Bob Nonini in a statement. “There is no way a woman would go to jail let alone face the death penalty. The statute alone, the threat of prosecution, would dramatically reduce abortion. That is my goal.”
Nonini first raised eyebrows on the divisive social issue during a Monday candidate forum in Moscow hosted by the conservative Christian podcast CrossPolitic.
“There should be no abortion and anyone who has an abortion should pay,” Nonini said.
Aaaaaaaaaand, it gets worse:
Pressed by moderators on the nature of the punishment, Nonini nodded in agreement when asked if he supported the death penalty as a possible outcome for abortion.
Nonini, a three term state senator from Coeur d’Alene, confirmed that position in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
However, several hours later, Nonini issued a statement seeking to take back his strict stance.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump also talked about punishing women who obtain abortions. Will this become the new normal for the GOP?