During an appearance Wednesday on Fox News, Republican presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson drew a line from Nazi Germany to Planned Parenthood and on to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Carson’s interview on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” came shortly after a CNN poll found that the surgeon was polling second only to Donald Trump among likely Republican caucus goers in Iowa.
When host Neil Cavuto asked Carson about the Republican-led movement to defund Planned Parenthood, the candidate responded he’s “not objective” when it comes to the women’s health clinics.
“You know, I know who [Planned Parenthood founder] Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believes in eugenics, and that she was not particularly enamored with black people,” Carson said.
Carson urged viewers to read about Sanger, describing her as “a woman who Hillary Clinton, by the way, says she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her.”
Sanger’s legacy has long been marred by controversy. She aligned the fight to make birth control more widely available with the eugenics movement, which Planned Parenthood has maintained conveyed her support for the broader “issues of health and fitness” objectives of the movement.
When asked about abortion ban exemptions in cases of rape or abortion, Carson said emergency contraception should be used.
“Well, in cases of rape and incest, I would hope that they would very quickly avail themselves of emergency room,” Carson said. “And in the emergency room, they have the ability to administer, you know, RU-486, other possibilities, before you have a developing fetus.”
He also urged “accommodation” in the debate about whether life begins at conception, but said it “certainly [begins] once the heart starts beating.”