Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News on Thursday night that he thinks abortion is the leading cause of death among black people.
Carson also told Fox News host Eric Bolling on the “O’Reilly Factor” that he stood by his comments that he made on Fox’s “Your World” program earlier this week that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger “believes in eugenics” and “was not particularly enamored with black people.”
Carson reiterated those sentiments on Thursday and told Bolling, “it is quite true that the majority or plurality of their clinics are in minority neighborhoods.”
Bolling then threw Carson a slew of statistics related to abortions to, “play devil’s advocate.”
“That 30 percent of abortions occur among black women, whereas their population number is 13 percent, so it’s almost triple the number of abortions rate for African Americans as whites,” Carson told Bolling.
“It brings up a very important issue and that is do those black lives matter. The number one cause of death for black people is abortion,” Carson said. “I wonder if maybe some people might at some point might become concerned about that and ask why is that happening and what can be done to alleviate that situation. I think that’s really the important question.”
A Guttmacher study, released in June 2014, found that about six in 10 abortion providers are “in neighborhoods where more than half of residents are white.”
Watch the full interview: