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Steve Russell: Ben Carson and the intrusion on women's rights

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson delivers a video message to the National Congress of American Indians on October 19, 2015. Photo by Indianz.Com

Steve Russell, a member of the Cherokee Nation, wonders whether Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson knows history or medicine when it comes to the rights of women:
First thing this morning, there's Dr. Ben Carson on the tube defending unleashing government power against women to make sure every woman is forced to carry every pregnancy to term.

In the service of that, he compared abortion to slavery (having reserved that comparison for Obamacare in the past), asking:

"What if people had said, 'You know, I'm against slavery. It's a very bad thing. But y'all go on and do what you want to do.' Where would we have been then?"

He proves once more that either you don't take history in pre-med or his U.S. history course whiffed him.

That's exactly what the U.S. Constitution did!

So, had he paid attention, he would know where we were and are as a result of that decision.

He would also know that abortion prohibition has a history as well, in the world and in the U.S. The two histories teach a similar lesson even though prohibition in the U.S. was a relatively recent phenomenon in 1973, when the SCOTUS got rid of it: when abortion is prohibited, women die.

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