Ben Carson Defends His Use Of Aborted Fetal Tissue While Attacking Planned Parenthood

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Thursday, just a day after Ben Carson stepped up his attacks against Planned Parenthood on a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto, the retired neurosurgeon defended his own past research using fetal tissue from aborted fetuses. Carson denied any contradiction between his crusade against Planned Parenthood, and his own use of fetal tissue, insisting that:

To not use the tissue that is in a tissue bank, regardless of where it comes from, would be foolish. Why would anybody not do that?

Carson spun his research as necessary, and tried to dismiss any comparisons with the Planned Parenthood controversy by implying that the organization was trafficking baby parts, an allegation that is unfounded. Carson argued that his research was:

…a very different thing from killing babies, manipulating them, taking their tissue, selling them.

He added:

To try to equate those things is absolutely ridiculous.

While Carson is correct to argue that his research was necessary, his defense of using tissue from aborted fetuses is likely to be unconvincing to dogmatic anti-abortion activists who make up a large percentage of Carson’s Christian Conservative base. Anti-abortion activists aren’t generally known for their appreciation of the nuances surrounding medically valuable research, when there is a fetus involved.

Fetal tissue research has been used for developing treatments for HIV, blindness and a number of diseases. It has also helped develop a vaccine against Ebola which is currently being used to fight that deadly virus.

Rather than continuing to defend his own use of fetal tissue while condemning Planned Parenthood, Carson should just “man up” and admit that fetal tissue serves a valuable medical research function. By trying to have it both ways on the issue, Carson exposes himself to being labeled a hypocrite, and the charge is not without merit.

Carson has stepped up his war of words against Planned Parenthood, by spreading some of the most discredited conspiracy theories about the organization, including the myth that the organization has most of its clinics in black neighborhoods in order to control black people. Fewer than ten percent of U.S. abortion clinics are in majority African-American neighborhoods, but the false claim is often repeated by the intellectually dishonest anti-abortion movement.

Ben Carson needs to make a decision whether he wants to run a scientifically honest campaign that makes full use of his medical expertise as a neurosurgeon, or whether he wants to pander to the extremist anti-abortion wing of his party to round up votes from the ideological fringe. Unfortunately, it is all too obvious which of those paths Carson plans to take, and as such he should not be regarded as a serious candidate for president.

28 Replies to “Ben Carson Defends His Use Of Aborted Fetal Tissue While Attacking Planned Parenthood”

  1. a pro-life advocate

    Debbie Schlussel ‎@DebbieSchlussel

    A cancer has cancer. Oops, I mean, Jimmy Carter has cancer. Same diff. #tcot #gop #JimmyCarter #ACancerwithCancer

  2. Did Dr. Carson happen to mention how much he was paid for carving up “preborn babies”, before it offended his political sensibilities?

  3. I suppose the Pubs think this guy” couldn’t hurt” to have on the stage but does he TRULY and I mean REALLY think he has a shot for the GOP nod?

  4. Oh, FFS.

    Here’s a very simple solution to the issue of abortion:

    MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS.

    No one has any special right to dictate to a woman what she should and should not do as it concerns her OWN reproduction. Women are not baby factories, we are not vessels; we are talking, walking, THINKING human beings who are quite capable of making our own decisions.

    And as far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, those videos against them were doctored and anyone with half a brain knows that. Now the GOP is just peddling false outrage and it comes at the expense of women’s health.

    So just leave it alone already and recognize that we’re just not that into you and we don’t need you to hold our hand when we go to the doctor and we sure as hell don’t need you looking over his or her shoulder giving your opinion.

  5. Move over and get out of the way, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

    There’s a new Uncle Tom in town and my name is Ben Carson!

  6. Translation: “It’s only wrong when others do it.”

    Is anyone really shocked to learn that the medieval mindset of conservatives and the indignation-laden rhetoric of Republican politicos are diametrically opposed to the knowledge-oriented ideology of the scientific and medical research community?

  7. From the Donald, himself! He recently stated that due to President Barrack Hussein Obama, there will never be another African American as Commander and Chief! This is a statement from Donald Chump himself! Maybe, just maybe, he is on to something! May I add that there will never be a Commander and Chief with a f%%%%%up toupée either! Bye Donald! You kept me laughing til now!

  8. Oh I understand now Dr. Carson- It’s Ok So Long As You’re A Republican.
    But not if you’re not.

    Double Standards- are the Republican Standard.

  9. Carson is a lying asshole, just like the rest of the repug candidates. And for carson to be popular in gawd’s country Iowa, just proves the dumbass xtian hipocrites are always ripe and willing to be fleeced by the hucksters.

  10. What a hypocrite. ‘Yeah, let me bash Planned Parenthood while defending the fact that when I was a neurosurgeon, I used aborted fetal tissue’.

    Dude, you are a hypocrite. Then again, the entire party is full of them!

  11. Dr. Frankenstein could have similarly said that what Igor was doing was wrong, but what he was doing was ok because it was research. You can’t have one without the other, but we’ll ignore that fact. What a hypocritical moron. By the way, I’m in no way equating Planned Parenthood with Igor. It was just an example of similarities, so don’t crucify me for it please.

  12. “To try to equate those things is absolutely ridiculous.”
    Yep, just as ridiculous as equating Dr. Frankenstein with Igor. To clarify, I’m not equating Planned Parenthood to Igor, Dr. Frankenstein nor Dr. Carson. It’s just equating the supply chain to the research.

  13. What Ben Carson revealed about the Republican assault on Planned Parenthood
    I could go a step further, and make the case that abortion opponents barely care at all about the “babies” they supposedly want to save, because their real interest is in controlling women’s lives and limiting their autonomy. Nothing is more horrifying to a certain kind of conservative than a woman who has sex because she wants to, and does so without being punished for her sin; witness the recent turn in conservative circles not just against abortion but even against contraception.
    Read More
    http://theweek.com/articles/571734/what-ben-carson-revealed-about-republican-assault-planned-parenthood

  14. dj. I agree completely. If Republicans were really pro life, they would care about the children after birth instead of cutting funding that feeds the poor children that are born into this world and cutting funding for our veterans who come home from war injurred and mutilated. It has nothing to do with being pro life. It’s anti women. There are some exceptions to this and they’re mostly religiously brainwashed women.

  15. Right, Paws. Those so adamant to protect the rights of the unborn are more than happy to trample on the rights of women!

  16. “It is completely unethical to work with fetal tissue … except when I did it … except that I didn’t actually do it … but it would have been ethical if I had … however, it’s absolutely wrong for other medical researchers to be using fetal cells in their studies … which I am now declaring cuz I wanna be the Prez.”

    Wow, so much spin that even Dr. Ben is feeling a tad dizzy.

  17. Why wont medical researchers speak up on this issue? Medical researchers increasingly fear domestic terrorism in Planned Parenthood attack

    Over the past week, BuzzFeed News has written to more than 70 scientists who have received federal funding — ranging from around $50,000 to nearly $5 million — for research that involves human fetal tissue. They work on a diverse range of projects: understanding human blindness, developing vaccines, making better models of HIV, and creating therapies for liver failure, just to name a few. Most of these scientists have run their own labs for years, if not decades, and would normally be happy to talk to the press.
    But just six agreed to talk about their use of fetal cells, and only under the condition of anonymity.

    “What a chilling effect, you know?” one stem cell biologist working at a large public university told BuzzFeed News.

    She requested to be anonymous for two reasons. “There’s crazy people out there and I have young children,”
    Over the past week, BuzzFeed News has written to more than 70 scientists who have received federal funding — ranging from around $50,000 to nearly $5 million — for research that involves human fetal tissue. They work on a diverse range of projects: understanding human blindness, developing vaccines, making better models of HIV, and creating therapies for liver failure, just to name a few. Most of these scientists have run their own labs for years, if not decades, and would normally be happy to talk to the press.
    But just six agreed to talk about their use of fetal cells, and only under the condition of anonymity.

    “What a chilling effect, you know?” one stem cell biologist working at a large public university told BuzzFeed News.

    She requested to be anonymous for two reasons. “There’s crazy people out there and I have young children,” she said, adding that, so far, she has not received any specific threats.
    Over the past week, BuzzFeed News has written to more than 70 scientists who have received federal funding — ranging from around $50,000 to nearly $5 million — for research that involves human fetal tissue. They work on a diverse range of projects: understanding human blindness, developing vaccines, making better models of HIV, and creating therapies for liver failure, just to name a few. Most of these scientists have run their own labs for years, if not decades, and would normally be happy to talk to the press.
    But just six agreed to talk about their use of fetal cells, and only under the condition of anonymity.

    “What a chilling effect, you know?” one stem cell biologist working at a large public university told BuzzFeed News.

    She requested to be anonymous for two reasons. “There’s crazy people out there and I have young children,” she said, adding that, so far, she has not received any specific threats.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/virginiahughes/scientists-are-terrified-of-talking-about-fetal-cells

  18. New England Journal Of Medicine Will Stun Many With Undeniable Truth About Planned Parenthood

    The inquires revealed no law broken by Planned Parenthood.

    Virtually every person in this country has benefited from research using fetal tissue.

    This attack represents a betrayal of the people who’s lives could be saved by the research and a violation of the most fundamental duty of medicine.
    http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1510279?query=featured_home

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