Some people hide their bizarre and extreme views; others wear them proudly on their sleeves. Frank Szabo, the Republican candidate for sheriff in Hillborough County, N.H., definitely falls into the latter category.
Elective abortion may be legal in New Hampshire, but Szabo doesn’t care about that. The would-be sheriff (a businessman who has never worked in law enforcement before) won’t be fettered by puny legalities. He says he’s going to stop abortions one way or another.
Frank Szabo said that as sheriff, he would arrest any doctor performing elective or late-term abortions in his jurisdiction.
. . .But Szabo may have inflamed the issue further when asked if he would use deadly force to prevent an abortion.
“I would respond specifically by saying that if someone is under threat, a full-grown human being, if they’re under threat, what should the sheriff do? Everything in their power to prevent them from being harmed,” he said.
When pressed about what he would do if he learned that a doctor was about to perform an elective abortion, Szabo replied he would do what it took to prevent that from happening.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Well, I would hope that it wouldn’t come to that, as with any situation where someone is in danger, but again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late-term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped.”
Perhaps this guy is trying to one-up Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, who earlier this week lectured us on the unlikelihood of pregnancy from “legitimate rape.”
What I don’t understand is, if Szabo doesn’t care what the law says, and he feels so strongly about the issue, why isn’t he out there killing doctors who perform abortions now?
The New Hampshire House Speaker, who’s also a Republican, has called on Szabo to drop out of the race.