RI bishop turns aside abortion, social issues in constitutional convention if OK'd by voters


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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Bishop Thomas Tobin says he would not seek a Rhode Island constitutional convention to take on social issues such as abortion.

When asked over the weekend whether he would try to do that, the leader of Rhode Island's Catholics ruled it out.

He told WPRI.com (http://bit.ly/12N2CXR ) that If a constitutional convention is approved, he doesn't believe it would or should deal with cultural, moral or religious issues.

Rhode Islanders will decide Nov. 4 whether to call the state's first constitutional convention since 1986. The question is required to be on the ballot at least every 10 years, giving voters a chance to decide whether major changes are needed in state government.

Critics of a convention say it could push changes in state policy on issues such as abortion, as happened in 1986.

Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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