Ben Carson is notoriously anti-choice, just like most Christian Right Republicans. But on Meet the Press on Sunday, the GOP presidential candidate may have outdone his past remarks on abortion.
Speaking to host Chick Todd, Carson said that he supports completely overturning Roe v. Wade, and he does not support abortion exceptions for rape and incest victims:
“The mother should not believe that the baby is her enemy and should not be looking to terminate the baby. We’ve allowed purveyors of division to think that baby is their enemy and they have a right to kill it. Can you see how perverted that line of thinking is?”
If you think that’s bad, it gets even worse. He went on to say that women should not have control over their own bodies when it comes to choosing to carry or not carry a pregnancy to term:
“Ultimately, I would love to see [Roe v. Wade] overturned.”
He then decided that women having abortion rights is just like the brutalities carried out when the slave trade was legal:
“Think about this. During slavery — and I know that one of those words you’re not supposed to say — but I’m saying it. During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose to do. And what if the abolitionists 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 said there was “room for discussion” if a mother’s life was in danger, but even then, he didn’t say outright that an abortion is acceptable under those circumstances, either. Even after these opinions, Carson wasn’t done. He actually called himself “reasonable”:
“I’m a reasonable person. And if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, [I’ll listen].
Rape or incest, I would not be for killing a baby because the baby came about in that way. And all you have to do is go and look up the many stories of people who have led very useful lives who are the result of rape or incest.”
If the fact that Carson actually expressed these opinions on national television doesn’t disqualify him from being president, I don’t know what will.
Listen to Carson’s remarks in the video below, via Raw Story: