Dr. Ben Carson, in response to the first of many videos aiming to reveal Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal tissue, told Fox’s Megyn Kelly a few weeks ago that “there’s nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue.” Now, Dr. Carson is under fire for research that he performed in 1992 on the tissue of two aborted fetuses, one terminated after only 9 weeks in the womb and the other after 17 weeks.
Medical research using fetal tissue harvested from abortions and funding for the nationwide abortion provider Planned Parenthood have recently become polarizing issues in the 2016 Republican primary, amidst a slew of videos alleging that Planned Parenthood has profited from the sale of fetal tissue. Dr. Carson has been at the forefront of the denouncement of Planned Parenthood. Concerning his views on life inside the womb, Carson has stated:
I spent my entire career as a pediatric neurosurgeon, frequently staying up all night, fighting, struggling to save the lives of little babies, even operating on babies inside the womb. So I don’t think it should be hard for anybody to understand that I am totally opposed to killing babies.
When confronted with the allegations, Carson defended his actions, calling the media frenzy “’desperate’ and ignorant of the way medical research was carried out”. “You have to look at the intent,” Carson said while campaigning in New Hampshire. “To willfully ignore evidence that you have for some ideological reason is wrong. Continue Reading