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Abortion is Human Sacrifice? GOP’s Dr. Ben Carson Thinks So

Abortion is the same as human sacrifice, according to GOP darling Dr. Ben Carson. Appearing on DoveTV recently, Carson told host Perry Atkinson that if America continues to perform abortions, the nation is much the same as past heathen cultures that sacrificed humans to their gods.

“It’s interesting,” Carson said. “that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations ‘heathen’ because of human sacrifice, but aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?”

An ardent pro-lifer, the prominent physician and possible 2016 Presidential candidate has actually made a fairly reasoned argument for his anti-abortion in the past that draws on his medical background rather than solely sensational-sounding rhetoric.

“My entire professional life has been devoted to saving and enhancing lives. Thus, the thought of abortion for the sake of convenience does not appeal to me,” Carson said in January.  “Many of us turn a blind eye to the wanton slaughter of millions of helpless human babies who are much more sophisticated than some of the other creatures, when nothing is at stake other than the convenience of one or both parents.”

Yet, his more hard lined and sensational comment made this week may be a response to recent tongue-wagging among the GOP if Carson was truly as dedicated to the pro-life cause as he says, as well as the need to appeal to a wider range of Republican voters in the run up to 2016.

In May, Carson defended U.S. Senate nominee Monica Wehby, a GOP nominee who supported abortion rights, saying that she was “personally pro-life” but “knows there’s no way you’re going to win in Oregon with that stance,” implying Wehby was only pro-choice for votes and such a move was just “savvy” and “practical” politics.

The move angered many Republicans and Rick Santorum, a likely opponent to Carson if for the GOP bid, quickly blasted Carson for even thinking of backing a woman who was openly pro-choice (whether on the inside or not) calling Carson’s support “indefensible.”

In response, Carson’s most recent anti-abortion comment has left little doubt he is strongly pro-life all the way,  proving like Wehby, he may be learning to adapt to the GOP climate in the days running up to 2016 and taking what he called a ‘savvy’ and ‘practical’ approach to the Republican nod.

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