Ben Carson: ‘Overturn the Abortion Law’
During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson said he would “love” to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, making abortion illegal nationwide.
Carson’s idea of overturning the landmark ruling would allow almost no exemptions, and force women to give birth, even in cases of rape or incest.
“I’m a reasonable person and if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I’ll listen,” Carson said the show.
Carson told moderator Chuck Todd he might be open to allowing abortions to preserve the life and health of the mother.
“That’s an extraordinarily rare situation,” Carson said. “But if in that very rare situation it occurred, I believe there’s room to discuss that.”
Carson is known for having controversial opinions. In the past, he has suggested that being gay is a choice because people “go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.” And earlier this year, Carson said he would not elect a Muslim president.
Despite the controversy, Carson remains a key contender for GOP representation in the presidency. A recent Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll showed Carson with a nine-point lead in Iowa.