Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson compared the ability to get an abortion in an interview aired Sunday to the power slave owners had.
In an interview with NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, Carson said that he would “love to see” Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case that ruled a state ban on abortions was unconstitutional, overturned.
“In the ideal situation, the mother should not believe that the baby is her enemy and should not be looking to terminate the baby. You know, things are set up in such a way that the person in the world who has the greatest interest in protecting the baby is the mother,” Carson said. “We’ve allowed the purveyors of the vision to make mothers think that that baby is their enemy and that they have a right to kill it. Can you see how perverted that line of thinking is?”
Todd asked Carson if he thought someone should have the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
“No,” Carson replied. “Think about this. During slavery — and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say — but I’m saying it. During slavery, a lot of the slave owners thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave. Anything that they chose to do. And, uh, you know, what if the abolitionist 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?”
Watch the exchange: