Bishop chastises candidates for pro-choice agendas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The issue of abortion rights entered the race for Rhode Island governor after candidate Gina Raimondo accepted an endorsement from a pro-choice group – and the head of Providence’s Roman Catholic Diocese is once again expressing his feelings towards that agenda.

In late September, gubernatorial hopeful Gina Raimondo was endorsed by Planned Parenthood and reiterated her pro-choice stance, but there were questions about whether that included late-term abortions. The Democrat has since clarified that she only supports that right if a woman’s life is in jeopardy, but the debate heated up after La Salle Academy took down her portrait from their wall of notable alumni.

Bishop Thomas Tobin issued his response in the form of a scathing editorial online, also saying that pro-choice candidates go against the church’s teachings.

“It’s just very unfortunate and reveals, I think, a commitment to an extreme agenda that is not helpful for our state,” he said on Monday.

Raimondo responded by saying her opinions are not extreme, and added that she regrets what she said was taken out of context.

Raimondo’s Republican rival in the race, Allan Fung, is also pro-choice, even though he received an endorsement from pro-life group Rhode Island Right to Life. Raimondo and Fung, along with Moderate Bob Healey and independents Leon Kayarian and Kate Fletcher, will square off in the general election Nov. 4.

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