Caprio on Abortion

Not to pick on gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, but he’s been providing a lot of material, lately, such as the following, from Ed Fitzpatrick’s recent column about the politician’s experience as an unwed teenage father:

Did that experience inform his views on abortion? “I’m pro-choice because of all the experiences I’ve had in my life and the fact that I believe the individual has the right to make the decision,” he said. “Each person can, in my view, be free to make their own choice. I know what choice I made and my girlfriend made, and others are free to make whatever choice they want to make.”

One wonders what other circumstances Mr. Caprio believes give people the right to choose to kill. A crying newborn, perhaps? An ailing parent currently unconscious in a hospital bed? The Roman Catholic Church, to which he and I are both adherents, is unequivocal in its conclusion that life begins at conception and ends at natural death — full life, with no adjustments for “personhood” as a presumed state of being or socio-legal construct — and that the life of every human being ought to be protected. Caprio is free to take the position that his faith is a private matter, but if he wishes to be governor, he’ll need to persuade Rhode Islanders that his judgment is sound, and reconciling his stated religious foundation with a right to kill is certainly relevant.
It’s wonderful that Frank chose life when he had a direct role in making the decision, but how can he possibly look at his daughter through the eyes of a Catholic believer and still insist that his teenage girlfriend should have had the right to snuff out the life in her control for no reason but the inconvenience of motherhood?

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Matt
Matt
11 years ago

Tonight Conservative Sean Hannity, will again feature 2 time convicted felon, and friend of organized crime, Buddy Cianci, as a member of the “GREAT AMERICAN PANEL” ?
Fox Fake News 9:00 pm est

Patrick
Patrick
11 years ago

Why do these liberals believe in lenient sentencing but they don’t believe in letting it go after someone has paid their debt to society? Buddy is not very likely to commit his crime again and he served his time that we as a society set up a process to give him. The man is free and clear. What’s the big deal?
Sorry to help in hijacking your thread, Justin.

matt
matt
11 years ago

Patrick
It is the conservative Fox News
GREAT AMERICAN PANEL !
staring Buddy Cianci, great American ??

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

Frank put his money where his mouth was when it came to being pro-life. Guess that’s no longer enough for some people – I’m thankful that he doesn’t need to impose his choice upon others.
He is making Dan Yorke look like a whining fool Somebody please tell Pope Daniel he’s not the only media person in the world, and it doesn’t all revolve around HIM.
I may yet wind up voting for the fifth-ranked conservative in Rhode Island.

Paul
Paul
11 years ago

Allowing others to choose their faith and choose their beliefs is what America is founded on. You can choose, as a Catholic or otherwise, to believe that abortion is killing. One can choose, likewise, to believe that it is not. To allow one to choose is the American way, regardless if you think it is wrong or right. And as long as the law of the land, the United States or the State of Rhode Island (formerly and Providence Plantations), is permissive, our elected officials are OBLIGATED to uphold the law. I think the bigger issue should be the consequences of banning abortion. It is some 38 years since the Supreme Court left it up to states to decide, so many in this country do not recall the “killing” of women through illegally performed abortions. In countries where legal abortion is outlawed, the rate of death of pregnant women who have sought abortions from “back-alley abortionists” (remember, just because it is illegal does not mean it will stop) is horrific. Legally provided abortions are (generally) safe for the individual and, although it may be detestable to some, one “death” is clearly better than two. I hope that is something that can be agreed upon. If a religious person wishes to express their displeasure for the permittivity of abortion, that is their Constitutionally-provided right. To ban an activity because one (or a group of ones) finds issue with that activity in a religious light imposes upon the first Amendment right of Freedom of Religion. Mr. Caprio, as a public official, has an obligation to provide Rhode Islanders ALL rights ensured through the United States Constitution, which does not provide for one group to impose its religious views on another. Mr. Caprio CHOSE not to have an abortion; he may find it… Read more »

Jason
11 years ago

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I dont understand how people can be pro choice. I have a question on my blog that I need answered to help clear his up.
http://ourcomplaintsblog.com/2009/12/are-you-for-abortion-then-answer-this/

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