Liberal co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg ripped famed neurosurgeon and 2016 presidential contender, Dr. Ben Carson, for his anti-abortion views during his Tuesday appearance on ABC’s The View.
The interview became contentious when Goldberg asked Carson if he actually believed that there is not an actual war on women.
“There’s not actually a war on women, but there may be a war on what’s inside of women. Is that accurate?” Goldberg asked Carson.
“We’re killing babies all over the place,” Carson said, referring to abortion. He explained that the decades he spent operating on babies, even babies in the womb, shaped his anti-abortion stance.
“I get to meet those people when they’re adults. And productive adults,” he said. “There is no way you’re going to convince me that they’re not important, that they are just a mass of cells and that you can do anything to them.”
In response to Golberg’s question on whether Carson had ever met a woman who had undergone an abortion, Carson said he is “very empathetic.”
“What we need to do is make sure that we provide adequate day care centers for these mothers, so that they can get their GED, their associate’s degree, their bachelor’s degree, their master’s degree,” he said.
“You’re assuming that these are mothers who aren’t educated,” Goldberg countered. The audience gasped when Carson said that most of the mothers fit that description.
“A lot of those young girls who are having babies out of wedlock — when they have that first baby, they stop their education and that child is four times as likely to grow up in poverty,” Carson said. “We, as a society, have an obligation to do what’s necessary to stop that cycle.”
Joy Behar ignored Carson’s assertion about the importance of education and the nuclear family, and changed the subject to Planned Parenthood, defending the abortion giant against recent Republican attacks.
“So, how important is birth control then to the Republican Party?” she asked. “They should be out there applauding Planned Parenthood for supplying birth control, mammograms and everything else.”
Carson explained that he was not against birth control, but Behar continued to rail against his pro-life views.
“I guess you believe in day care centers, and maternity leave, and food stamps, and all of the things that go along with raising a kid if you don’t have the money,” Behar said.
“Here’s what I believe in” Carson said. “I get sick and tired of people, particularly Progressives saying Carson grew up poor, he must have benefited from government programs. And now he wants to withdraw programs from poor people…It’s a bunch of crap. And what I really actually want to do is provide people with a mechanism for coming out of a state of dependency and climbing the ladder and becoming part of the fabric of America.”
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