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Ben Carson compares abortion to slavery

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson would like abortion to be outlawed in the United States.

Carson said in a Sunday interview on Meet the Press that he would “love to see” the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision overturned, and that he would greatly limit the number of exceptions to a nationwide ban on abortion, including cases of rape and incest.

“Rape and incest, I would not be in favor of killing a baby because the baby came about in that way. And 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 said.

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He also compared women who have abortions to slave owners.

“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 those slave owners thought that they had the right to do whaever they wanted to that slave, anything they chose to do,” Carson said. “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?”


Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this article gave the wrong last name for candidate Ben Carson.