GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, a man who wrongly believes the tragedy of the Holocaust might have been “greatly diminished” if the Jews had guns, is now comparing women who receive abortions to slave owners.
Carson, now the Iowa front-runner, made the comparison on NBC’s Meet the Press when he argued that abortion should be made illegal with few exceptions. He would “love” to see Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973, overturned. Carson opposes abortion even in instances of rape or incest, saying that ?there are “many stories of people who have led very useful lives who were the result of rape or incest.”? He’d only be willing to consider exceptions in the “?extraordinarily rare situation?” in which complications with pregnancy put the mother’s life in danger. According to the CDC, about 650 women die due to pregnancy or child-birth related complications annually, a number that would be much higher if women were denied abortions.
Carson believes that an infant’s life begins at conception — a view that has no scientific or factual backing, but has garnered major support on moral grounds among right-wing conservatives and religious groups. When Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked whose rights are more important, the mother’s or the unborn child’s, Carson said the problem is that “the mother should not believe that the baby is her enemy and should not be looking to terminate her baby.”