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Ben Carson Says He’s Against Abortion in All Cases, Makes Slavery Comparison

 

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Dr. Ben Carson isn’t shy about making comparisons with slavery in order to draw attention to present-day socio-political issues in America, and during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, he invoked that historical disgrace once again in reference to abortion.

On the weekly news show, Carson, who’s within close range of GOP front-runner Donald Trump in the polls, spelled out his uncompromising stance on the polarizing issue of abortion (via The New York Times):

The Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Sunday he believed that abortion should be outlawed even in cases of rape and incest, comparing the procedure with slavery.

“I would not be in favor of killing a baby because the baby came about in that way,” Mr. Carson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” citing “the many stories of people who have led very useful lives who were the result of rape or incest.”

Mr. Carson, who has not been shy about using slavery and Nazi metaphors, held up what he said was a historic parallel with abortion.

“During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave,” said Mr. Carson, a former brain surgeon. “Anything that they chose to do. And, you know, what if the abolitionist had said, you know, ‘I don’t believe in slavery. I think it’s wrong. But you guys do whatever you want to do.’ Where would we be?”

Carson had previously drawn a parallel to slavery when discussing Obamacare two years ago, during a speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in which he said, “You know, Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

During his sit-down Sunday with “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd, Carson also addressed his willingness to use the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to illustrate what he views as modern-day societal dangers. “Interestingly enough, in the last several weeks I’ve heard from many people in the Jewish community, including rabbis, who have said, ‘You’re spot-on,’ ” Carson said.

Watch Carson discuss his stance on abortion, as well as his support for revoking Roe v. Wade, in the “Meet the Press” clip below (via NBC):

 

—Posted by Kasia Anderson

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