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Idaho state Sen. Bob Nonini, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, is attempting to walk back comments saying that he believes the death penalty could be a potential punishment for people who have abortions.

Nonini, a three-term state senator, made the comments at a candidate forum on Monday, the AP reported. “There should be no abortion and anyone who has an abortion should pay,” Nonini said.

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From the AP:

Pressed by moderators on the nature of the punishment, Nonini nodded when asked if he supported the death penalty as a possible punishment for abortion.

According to the AP, he attempted to backtrack the comments hours later. He also posted a statement on Facebook writing, “Since abortion is murder, I believe we should consider penalties for individuals involved in these procedures. I NEVER said or agreed that the death penalty should be an option during the Monday debate at the Nuart theater.”

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He made it very clear that he wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned because it “would allow states like Idaho to re-criminalize abortion as a deterrent.”

However, it is my understanding that in the history of the United States, long before Roe was foisted upon this country; no woman has ever been prosecuted for undergoing abortion,” he continued. “That is for practical reasons, as well as for reasons of compassion.”

What an interesting use of the word compassion.