‘Ben Carson’s stance on abortion, like many other male politicians’ stances on abortion, is problematic in the fact that they seek to dictate female public policy issues.’
Ben Carson hails from a household headed by a single mother whose education stopped short at the third grade. His mother Sonya Carson bore the task of raising three children while juggling three jobs. Despite her efforts, she could not fully alleviate the poverty they faced.
Having the choice and safe access to an abortion or any other family-planning methods would have made the difference between Sonya being the mother of a successful son or a woman with the option of forging her own success.
Ben Carson’s stance on abortion, like many other male politicians’ stances on abortion, is problematic in the fact that they seek to dictate female public policy issues. Carson’s recent comments on abortion incite unease as he likens women who seek abortions to slave masters,seeking to do whatever they wish with their slaves.
“I’m a reasonable person,” said Carson in a recent piece published in the Huffington Post. “And if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I’ll listen.”
Carson’s fallacious reasoning in his comparison of abortion seeking women to slave masters is evidence alone that he is not in fact a “reasonable person.” He evades addressing women all together by substituting the word “women” with “people.”
Under pretense, Carson offers his ears to those “people” who can come up with a reasonable explanation for getting an abortion. But that isn’t the terminology he uses. Instead, he refers to an abortion as “killing a baby” which is an opinion without factual basing; therefore, inherently misleading information.
Given his mother’s struggles and sacrifice, it is disheartening that Carson stands where he stands on women and abortion. Rather than making it a priority to foster a nation that will allow for women to forge paths for themselves similar to his, it seems he is content with relegating them to a position without reproductive power, so that they may dedicate their lives to their possibly male children so that those male children may achieve as he did.
Carson pulled himself up by the bootstraps from inner-city Detroit to become a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins. Apparently, he did not intend on stopping his climb at Dr. Ben Carson. He is reaching for Republican President Ben Carson, and for that to happen, he must be palatable for the party even if that means putting a sour taste in the mouths of a female voter base.
Visit Ben Carson’s campaign site for more on his stances.