Ben Carson likens abortion to slavery, wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned

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Ben Carson Calls for Ban on Abortion in All Circumstances.

Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether a woman should have the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, Carson, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, acknowledged upfront that the choice of words would be controversial. “During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say, but I’m saying it — during slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose to do. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson – the man currently leading at least one poll in the crucial state of Iowa – has said he would like to see abortion outlawed in the United States.Presidential contender Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery Sunday, calling the procedure, even in cases to save the mother’s life “perverted” and that he would “love” to see Roe v. Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, Carson was asked about a comment from Donald Trump, the long-term GOP frontrunner who this week fell behind Carson in polling in Iowa. We informed Ben, but he was sleeping.” He repeated the charge on CNN on Sunday, saying Carson was “lower energy” than the former Florida governor Jeb Bush, whose sluggish campaign led him this week to make financial cuts.

A series of surveys have shown that a clear majority of Americans believe there should be access to safe legal abortions, in most of all cases, even if they may not opt for such a procedure themselves. When asked whether there could be exceptions that would allow abortions to be carried out in certain circumstances he said the issue could be discussed. “I’m a reasonable person. Carson said that an abortion to save a woman’s life is “an extraordinarily rare situation,” but one where “there’s room to discuss” terminating pregnancy. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon, known for being the principal surgeon in the first separation of twins conjoined at the head in which both twins survived.

The figure is higher among women A Pew survey this summer found 55 per cent of US adults say it should be legal in all or most cases, compared with 40 per cent who say it should be illegal. But he would give no leeway to a pregnancy that resulted from rape or incest. “Rape and incest I would not be in favor of killing a baby because the baby came about in that way,” he said, adding that there were “many stories of people who have led very useful lives who were the result of rape or incest.” It was not the first time that Carson had used the imagery of slavery to illustrate a political point. Referring to that medical career, as he has often done when asked about his lack of experience in elections or public office, he said: “I will tell you, in terms of energy, I’m not sure that there’s anybody else running who’s spent 18 or 20 hours intently operating on somebody.” An Associated Press-GFK poll released on Sunday had 77% of registered Republican voters saying they would prefer an “outsider” candidate to a professional politician, and 65% holding a favourable impression of Carson.

His nascent political career got a boost in 2013 when, during a speech to conservative activists, he declared: “You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” He has similarly often used Nazi metaphors in his political language. (In an interview in August, he invoked Nazi Germany to denounce Planned Parenthood.) In Sunday’s interview, when Todd asked Carson why he uses Nazi metaphors, the candidate again raised the controversy from earlier this month over his contention that if Jews in Nazi Germany had been armed, Hitler’s Holocaust campaign would have been “greatly diminished.” The comments were denounced by Jewish groups and scholars, but Carson stood by the argument, frequently used by some Second Amendment advocates in arguing against gun control. “Interestingly enough, in the last several weeks, I’ve heard from many people in the Jewish community, including rabbis, who’ve said you’re spot on. You know, things are set up in such a way that the person in the world who has the greatest interest in protecting the baby is the mother,” Carson said during the wide-ranging interview. “We’ve allowed the purveyors of the vision to make mothers think that that baby is their enemy and that they have a right to kill it. You are exactly right. and I think it’s — you know, some of the people in your business, quite frankly, who like to try to stir things up and try to make this into a big horrible thing,” he said. “And, of course, for people who aren’t really thinking deeply, you know, that resonates.

Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized many abortions in the U.S., “overturned.” Carson, surging in many national polls as well, has been no stranger to controversy throughout his upstart campaign. And I’m a very different person now.” Carson, the author of a number of bestselling books, has often told the story of his wayward youth and the time he attempted to stab a friend. Carson on immigration and called him “a very low energy person,” but he seemed perplexed at how the soft-spoken doctor had seized the lead in Iowa.

On the campaign trail, Carson has caused controversy with statements on same-sex marriage (ruled legal by the supreme court this year); why no Muslim should be president (the constitution rules out religious tests for office holders); and whether the Holocaust would have happened if Jewish people in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s had second-amendment-esque gun rights (he says maybe not).

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