Statements from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin have put abortion in the spotlight this election season.  Now, a New Hampshire business man running for elected office is apologizing for saying that he'd kill to stop an abortion.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig reports:

Frank Szabo, a candidate for Sheriff in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, said that he would use deadly force to stop abortions, if necessary.  Now, he's apologizing, saying he was simply thrown off by the question.

(Szabo) "If the question had been, "Would you shoot up a doctors office?"  Or, "Would you shoot a doctor?"  I would have been appalled."

But apologizing doesn't mean backtracking, even for legal abortions.

(Szabo) "The term is legal...they're still not Constitutional, they're still not lawful.  In my opinion, life needs to be protected, and I will do everything within the authority of the county sheriff's office to protect those lives."

Szabo says he understands people will disagree with him, but he stands by his beliefs.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.