Campaign rhetoric

Ben Carson says women who have had abortions are like “slave owners”

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential hopeful, addresses the Eagle Forum conservative interest group, in St. Louis, Sept. 11, 2015. (Whitney Curtis/The New York Times)

Dr. Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon-turned-GOP candidate, is surging in the polls. Just last week, he toppled frontrunner Donald Trump in two new polls of Iowa voters and tied with him in another poll. On the heels of that news, it seems Carson is now trying to trump The Donald in unleashing outlandish rhetoric against women. During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Carson compared women who get abortions to slave owners who “thought that they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave.” Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd pressed Carson, questioning him about whether a woman should have a right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, and Carson expanded on his slave-owner comparison. “No, think about this. During slavery — and I know 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, you know, what if the abolitionists had said, ‘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 went on to say he “would love to see” Roe v. Wade overturned. “I favor life. That’s what I favor,” Carson said.

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