MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) â€“ A man running for sheriff in New Hampshire says if he is elected, he will arrest anyone involved in an abortion in his county.
Frank Szabo set off a firestorm with the comments. People on all sides of the political spectrum have condemned the statements, but Szabo stands by them. He says itâ€™s the sheriffâ€™s job to protect every citizen â€“ even the unborn.
Szabo is running as a Republican for Hillsborough County Sheriff. But he injected a new issue in the debate when he sent out a press release saying he would arrest anyone performing an abortion.
He took it a step further when asked how far heâ€™d go to stop one.
â€œDeadly force is the last thing law enforcement should be using, if a citizenâ€™s life is in danger they should be protected,â€ says Szabo. â€œIf there is no other choice, thatâ€™s whatâ€™s needed to protect the citizen.â€
Republicans called Szaboâ€™s statement, â€œIrresponsible, outrageous, and inappropriate.â€
Democrats said, â€œEvery Republican officeholder and candidate in New Hampshire must condemn and reject this man and his beliefs.â€
His opponent, current Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy says Szbaoâ€™s statement could incite violence.
â€œMy opponent wants to substitute his opinions for enforcing the law,â€ says Sheriff Hardy.
And voters in downtown Manchester seemed surprised abortion was even an issue the sheriffâ€™s race.
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