RI lawmaker deems woman's abortion bill testimony as threatening


    A woman's testimony during a hearing about five abortion-related bills in Rhode Island included a comment for Rep. Greg Costantino, who is prepared to vote against making abortions legal.“I, Melanie DuPont, should return the favor and try to abridge his rights as a man, and endanger his life,” Dupont noted, in part, in her testimony. (WJAR)

    An abortion debate at the Rhode Island State House Tuesday night saw hundreds of committed people on both sides of the issue.

    One woman's testimony included a comment for Rep. Greg Costantino, who is prepared to vote against making abortions legal.

    “I, Melanie DuPont, should return the favor and try to abridge his rights as a man, and endanger his life,” Dupont noted, in part, in her testimony.

    Costantino said a fellow legislator provided him with a copy of DuPont's testimony, and he took it home to his family.

    “I take it as a threat,” Costantino, a Democrat who represents Lincoln, told NBC 10 News Wednesday.

    He said he and his loved ones decided he should call state police.

    “You know, endangering my life means endangering my family's life,” Costantino said. “I was really concerned. So, they took the complaint and they're going to move forward.”

    Rhode Island State Police confirm to NBC 10 that they are investigating.

    DuPont, who claims to be the secretary of the Rhode Island Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, and once ran for the state senate, was not available for an interview.

    But she referenced her testimony in at text to NBC 10, noting, "It's satire.”

    In a statement, DuPont described in detail a bill to be called “The Testicular Fairness Act.” She said it was her satirical answer to the “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act” that’s being considered.

    But her word choice was not funny to Costantino.

    “When somebody says they are going to endanger my life, I have to worry about my family,” he said.


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