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Ben Carson Compares Opposing Abortion To Opposing Slavery (Video)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed on Nov. 23 that opposing a woman's legal right to have an abortion was similar to opposing slavery (video below). Carson made his statements during a fundraiser for the pro-life First Choice Pregnancy Center in Las Vegas, reports Carson asserted that "peer pressure" had forced Americans to "accept the culture of death surrounding the abortion mills" and to "keep silent." Carson didn't name anyone who had been kept silent, but added: "Because someone has tried to make this into an issue of women’s rights. What about the baby? And, you know, it’s one of the most sacred relationships in the universe, a mother and that child inside of her. How have we become so distorted that we have managed to convince women that that baby inside of her is her enemy and that she has a right to kill it. You want to talk about distorted thinking." Carson blamed this on society rejecting the "principles of a living God." Carson claimed that society had pushed away the beliefs of right and wrong, in favor "what seems right to you." The GOP candidate didn't mention that he opposed any rules for war, such as war crimes, back in February, noted The Hill. Carson mocked Detroit, Yale University, University of Michigan and Baltimore as bastions of "liberal Democratic thought" where he lived and went to school. Carson said that he used to support a woman's right to an abortion when he was a "liberal Democrat," but changed his mind when he thought about slavery. “And that is until one day, I was thinking about slavery and I was thinking about the abolitionists, and I said, what if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery, but anybody else can do whatever they want?'” Carson stated. “Where would we be today? Slavery is a moral issue and so is abortion. It’s a moral issue that we’re dealing with.” Carson said in October that he opposed abortion in the cases of rape and incest (which would mean that young girls would be forced to give birth to a rapist's child), but would allow abortion in rare cases of when the mother's health is in danger, reported USA TODAY.

Sources:, The Hill, USA TODAY Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia

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