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?