comScore Santorum: Ben Carson Shouldn't Participate in Fetal Research
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Santorum on Ben Carson: I Wouldn’t Participate in ‘Morally Suspect’ Fetal Research

Rick SantorumRick Santorum said on CNN’s New Day that he would never participate in the sort of fetal organ research that fellow Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson did, noting the “morally suspect” way the tissue was obtained.

Host Chris Cuomo quizzed Santorum about Carson’s recent admission that he has used fetal tissue in his past research, and his insistence that it wasn’t morally comparable to Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of fetal organs.“If Rick Santorum was doing research, would he use fetal tissue, given how you feel about where it comes from?” he asked.

“No, I wouldn’t…” Santorum responded, citing the fact that Planned Parenthood uses it to push women into getting abortions. “It is used in some cases… to make women feel more comfortable about having abortions. That is something I would not want to participate in.”

“You really don’t see a lot of that work being done anymore, because most of that research has gone to dead ends,” he continued. “Even before that, the morally suspect nature of how that tissue is gathered to me would say that you simply shouldn’t participate in that kind of research.”

Cuomo asked if Carson’s past research represented “an inconsistency” that voters should know about. Santorum didn’t quite condemn Carson, but did say that scrutiny of presidential races helped show just how devoted candidates were to their causes.

“When you start to see some of these cracks, I think it may show whether the person is really someone who’s going to take on an issue and be strong on it when they get into the very difficult position of being President of the United States,” he said.

Watch, via CNN.

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