By Wills Robinson. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has defended using aborted fetuses for medical research – even though he has slammed Planned Parenthood for a similar practice.
The neurosurgeon conducted research in 1992 using two fetuses aborted in the ninth and 17th week of gestation, but insists it does contradict his pro-life stance.
He has also claimed it does not go against his call to take away funding from the embattled organisation, which has been under intense scrutiny since undercover videos of staff members discussing the use of fetuses in scientific research surfaced.
He continued by saying: ‘There is absolutely no contradiction between the research I worked on in 1992 and my pro-life views.
‘The issue of fetal tissue has everything to do with how the tissue is acquired. My primary responsibility in that research was operating on people to obtain diseased tissue for comparison to banked tissue samples. (Read more from “Pro-Life Fraud? Ben Carson Used Aborted Fetal Tissue in Research, No Apologies; Also Opposes Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations Containing Aborted Fetal Cells” HERE)
Ben Carson: No ‘Philosophical’ or ‘Religious’ Exemptions for Vaccinations, Even Those Derived from Aborted Fetal Cell Lines
By Breitbart News. Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 GOP presidential contenders, believes there should be no “philosophical” or “religious” exemptions for vaccinations.
“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society,” Carson told The Hill. “Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”
The retired neurosurgeon’s comments came hours after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are likely 2016 presidential candidates and potential rivals, stirred up controversy with their takes on vaccinations after the Disneyland measles outbreak.
On Monday, Christie called for a need for “balance” regarding vaccination before his office immediately clarified Christie’s comments, saying there is “no question” that kids should be vaccinated against a disease like measles.
Paul said he could not understand why his belief that most vaccinations should be “voluntary” is in any way “controversial.” (Read more from this story HERE)
Ben Carson Defends Use of Fetal Tissue for Research
By David Weigel. Ben Carson defended the use of fetal tissue for medical research Thursday, after a blog published excerpts of a 1992 paper describing work the neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate carried out using aborted fetuses. In an interview with The Washington Post, Carson called the revelation “desperate,” and ignorant of the way medical research was carried out.
“You have to look at the intent,” Carson said before beginning a campaign swing through New Hampshire. “To willfully ignore evidence that you have for some ideological reason is wrong. If you’re killing babies and taking the tissue, that’s a very different thing than taking a dead specimen and keeping a record of it.”
Carson, who has risen in primary polls since last week’s debate, is among the Republicans who’ve condemned Planned Parenthood after undercover videos revealed executives in the organization coldly discussing the extraction and distribution of tissue from aborted fetuses. In a July interview on Fox News, after the first videos broke, Carson said that there was “nothing that can’t be done without fetal tissue” and that babies aborted at 17 weeks were clearly human beings.
That inspired Jen Gunter to excavate a 1992 paper, co-authored by Carson, in which doctors described how they applied “human choroid plexus ependyma and nasal mucosa from two fetuses aborted in the ninth and 17th week of gestation.” That, wrote Gunter, was quite the contrast from Carson’s 2015 denunciation of fetal tissue research.
“Could he think his own research was useless?” Gunter asked. “If it was non-contributory to the field why was it published? Maybe he forgot that he’d done the research on fetal tissue?” (Read more from this story HERE)
Dr. Carson Referred Women to Abortionists
Republicans most trust Dr. Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee to handle the issue of abortion, according to a recent CNN poll. However, a series of statements from Carson’s campaign, and from Dr. Carson himself, have led to questions about the clarity of his pro-life views about when life begins, how RU-486 works, and his views on experimenting with aborted fetal tissue, among other issues.
On Tuesday, the Carson campaign defended his decision to refer women to abortionists if the child suffered from fetal deformities. (Read more from this story HERE)