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Ben Carson Once Used Aborted Fetal Tissue in His Research

052214_kelly_carson_640Despite having come out strongly against Planned Parenthood in the wake of a series of undercover videos accusing them of selling fetal organs, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson once oversaw medical research using fetal organs.

The charges were first leveled by Dr. Jen Gunter, a Canadian doctor who operates a pro-choice blog. She points out that the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins is listed as a co-author of a 1992 paper Colloid Cysts of the Third Ventricle: Immunohistochemical evidence for nonneuropithelial differentiation. That paper details research done on brain tissue “from two fetuses aborted in the ninth and 17th week of gestation.”

In an interview with The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel, Carson called the comparison unfair. “You have to look at the intent,” he said. “To willfully ignore evidence that you have for some ideological reason is wrong. If you’re killing babies and taking the tissue, that’s a very different thing than taking a dead specimen and keeping a record of it.”

He added that while he still supporting defunding Planned Parenthood, he wouldn’t call for a ban on fetal tissue research. “I may not be completely objective about Planned Parenthood, because I know how they started with Margaret Sanger, who believed in eugenics. But it would be good for the public to understand this whole aspect of medical research.”

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