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women should ‘keep your skirt down’. What else did he say?

Democrat Josh Stein’s campaign has ended with a $1 million ad buy in the governor’s race against Republican candidate Mark Robinson, targeting abortion in Robinson’s own words.

The campaign is spending more than $1 million on the ad this week, which will air on a mix of broadcast, streaming and digital platforms. It shows several video clips of Robinson, who was elected lieutenant governor in 2020, speaking about abortion — including in a 2019 Facebook Live video that previously went unreported.

“Abortion in this country is not about protecting the lives of mothers. It’s about killing the child because you weren’t responsible enough to keep your skirt down,” a video clip of Robinson can be seen on Facebook Live.

The full video, which Robinson broadcast on January 24, 2019, is approximately 20 minutes long. Before the comments, he talks about abortions in New York City.

“It hurts me, someone is always talking about babies dying and mothers being in trouble,” Robinson said. “Everyone knows that abortion in this country is not about protecting the lives of mothers. It’s about convenience. This is abortion on demand. That’s exactly what it’s all about.

‘It’s about killing the child because you weren’t responsible enough to keep your skirt down or your pants up – and not getting pregnant by your own choice because you felt like putting on your favorite thing. And now, instead of taking care of that child, you want to kill that child so that your life can go on, while you sit on the easy street and keep running to the club every Friday night.

He goes on to say that he thinks 99% of abortions happen for these reasons, not because they are poor. He talks about growing up in poverty and how his mother did not choose to have an abortion.

He also speaks of a “culture of death” that brings with it the “wrath of God.” Robinson also says that the sexual revolution of the 1960s “ended in broken homes and disease, AIDS and unwanted pregnancies, and massive amounts of abortion.”

Robinson has previously acknowledged that he and his current wife, Yolanda Hill, once decided to end her pregnancy through abortion.

“It was the hardest decision we ever made,” Robinson said in 2022. “Unfortunately we made the wrong one. This decision has stuck with us ever since. It is because of this experience and our spiritual journey that we are so adamantly pro-life.”

In Robinson’s Facebook Live 2019, he says, “we are all sinners,” and urges people to ask God for forgiveness. He tells viewers he is passionate about the issue and can “go on and on.” He told those commenting on his page: “Come on, keep coming, keep getting angry, keep getting angry, because you don’t change me, you don’t let me influence you.”

About 14 minutes in, Robinson moves on to talk about gun rights and the National Rifle Association board nomination, and asks viewers to purchase “We Are the Majority” T-shirts.

He ends by saying that the fight against abortion is not political, but spiritual.

In a speech at the Raleigh March for Life in January 2023, Robinson made no mention of his own experiences with abortion. He said that “abortion is incompatible with this nation, just as slavery was incompatible with this nation. We talk about life and freedom. How can you have life and liberty if you end life in the womb and don’t give people their freedom after they are born? The N&O reported this earlier.

Robinson campaign response

The Stein ad also features a video clip of Robinson talking about abortion on the radio show of state Rep. Jeff McNeely, a Republican from Iredell County.

Robinson’s campaign took issue with that part of the ad, calling it “deceptively edited.”

“Stein’s ad begins with a deceptively edited clip intended to mislead the viewer. Once again, he is twisting words to falsely smear his opponent because he has no real plan to offer voters,” Robinson campaign spokesperson Mike Lonergan told The N&O in a statement.

In the ad, Robinson tells McNeely that “if I had all the power right now, let’s say I was the governor, I had a willing legislature, we could pass a bill that says in North Carolina you can’t for once can have an abortion. rode.”

During the show, Robinson goes on to say, “Would that stop abortions? No sir,” and talks about people going to other states.

In that same episode, he talks about supporting a “heartbeat” bill.

Lonergan has said Robinson would sign a “heartbeat ban” bill. Such a law would ban abortion after heart activity is detected, or about five or six weeks into pregnancy. Robinson’s campaign previously said Robinson supports exceptions to a heartbeat ban for rape, incest and the life of the mother, but not at how many weeks of pregnancy.

Cooper: Robinson’s ‘stunning comment’

Asked about what Robinson says in the ad — as well as Robinson saying Republicans “were right” about House Bill 2, the now-repealed “bathroom bill” that led to economic boycotts of the state — Cooper said:

“It’s just another stunning comment that shows why he shouldn’t be governor.”

Current NC abortion law

Current North Carolina law, passed when the Republican supermajority overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto in 2023, bans abortion after 12 weeks, with exceptions up to 20 weeks for rape, incest and medical emergencies; and up to 24 weeks for life-limiting fetal anomaly.

A medical emergency is defined in the law, Senate Bill 20, as “A condition that, in reasonable medical judgment, so complicates the medical condition of the pregnant woman that the immediate abortion of her pregnancy is necessary to prevent her death or for which a delay is needed. will pose a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical damage to a major bodily function, excluding any psychological or emotional disorders.”