Ben Carson would "love" to make almost all abortions illegal in the U.S.
During an interview for "Meet the Press" that aired Oct. 25, the Republican presidential candidate compared abortion to slavery and told NBC's Chuck Todd that he believes that life begins at conception and that he hopes to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
"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," Carson said on the NBC show, explaining whether or not he would like to see any exceptions to illegal abortion.
He said that he would be open to considering abortion in cases where the pregnancy threatened the life or health of the mother.
“Again, that’s an extraordinarily rare situation," Carson said. "But if in that very rare situation it occurred, I believe there's room to discuss that.”
He would absolutely not advocate allowing abortions in the case of rape or incest, however.
“I would not be in favor of killing a baby because the baby came about in that way,” the former neurosurgeon explained. “All you have to do is go and look up the many stories of people who have led very useful lives who were the result of rape or incest.”
Carson even compared abortion to slavery:
Think about this. During slavery — and I know that is one of those words that you are not supposed to say, but I am saying it — during slavery a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. And, you know, 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 has come under fire for his research using fetal tissue during his medical career as well as for his lack of foreign policy experience, but he continues to rise in the polls and gain on the better-known GOP front runner, Donald Trump, notes the Des Moines Register. In a recent poll, Carson led Trump by 9 points in the crucial first caucus state of Iowa.