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FILE – In this May 21, 2021 file photo, attorney Mark McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury attorney who gained national attention after he and his wife raised guns at protesters of racial injustice last summer, speaks during an interview at his office in St. Louis. McCloskey, a Republican candidate for the US Senate in Missouri, says he doesn’t think young victims of rape or incest should be allowed to have abortions. (AP Photo / File Jeff Roberson)

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Missouri Republican, US Senate candidate Mark McCloskey, has said he does not support allowing abortion for young girls who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

McCloskey, a St. Louis personal injury attorney who caught the nation’s attention after he and his wife brandished guns at racial injustice protesters last summer, made the remarks last week during a forum in Osage Beach in response to a woman who said some candidates professed to be anti-abortion would allow the procedure in some cases.

“I have a client who was raped by an uncle when she was 13, had the child; she finished high school, finished college and earned a master’s degree, ”said McCloskey. “This child she allegedly aborted graduated from high school, graduated from college and now has a master’s degree.… I don’t believe in any exceptions.”

McCloskey did not specifically state whether he would support an abortion to save the mother’s life, the Kansas City Star reported.

He said it always bothered him that people who oppose the death penalty often support the right to abortion.

“Supreme Court justices in the most heinous crimes do not have the right to decide who should live and die,” he said. “But should every 13-year-old girl on the street be able to decide the fate of her child’s life?” “

Video of the full Applicant Forum, hosted by We the People Camden County, has been uploaded. Some of his comments were captured and sent to The Star by American Bridge, a Democratic research organization.

A federal appeals court decides the fate of a Missouri law that would ban abortions at eight weeks pregnant. The 8th American Circuit Court of Appeal in Saint-Louis is not expected to rule for several weeks.

In June, a three-judge panel from the 8th Circuit upheld an injunction from U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs barring Missouri from enforcing the provisions of the law, but the full court decided to hear the case.

Jane Cunningham, a former Republican senator who attended the event, said the public was delighted with McCloskey’s response.

The abortion issue is “one of the litmus tests if you run into a Republican primary,” Cunningham said.

The subject of exceptions to abortion drove Republican Todd Akin’s US Senate campaign in 2012. Akin, who was the Republican candidate, was asked if he supported abortions for women who have been raped.

Akin, who died this month, replied, “If it is legitimate rape, the female body has ways of trying to silence it. He was then thoroughly beaten by Democrat Claire McCaskill.

McCloskey announced his candidacy for the Senate after he and his wife brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching outside their home in St. Louis last summer. He then pleaded guilty to assault and his wife pleaded guilty to harassment, but they were pardoned by Gov. Mike Parson.

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