Ben Carson compares abortion to slavery

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, one of the current frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination, wants to make abortion illegal in all instances, including cases of rape and incest.

He told an NBC News interviewer on Sunday that he’s a “reasonable person”, however, and he’d listen if someone can come up with a “reasonable explanation for why they would like to kill a baby”. Women, however, should not look at their foetus as “the enemy”.

To illustrate his point, Mr Carson – whose understated yet forceful condemnations of liberal orthodoxy made him a darling on the conservative lecture circuit before he launched his presidential bid – offered an analogy that compared women seeking abortions to slaveholders.