Instead of condemning a woman who is considering an abortion, people on the pro-life side of the debate should offer "compassion and support," and make adoption services or assistance easily accessible, Dr. Ben Carson says.
"It is important to try to understand the emotional state of young women seeking an abortion," Carson wrote in his latest column for Newsmax
on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal in the United States.
However, those who are pro-choice should look at human life with as much regard as they do an animal or insect on the endangered species list.
"The television commercials about abused animals are very poignant and as a society, we sometimes delay or cancel large construction projects to protect an endangered insect, amphibian or fish," he said. "Yet many of us turn a blind eye to the wanton slaughter of millions of helpless human babies who are much more sophisticated than some of the other creatures, when nothing is at stake other than inconvenience of one or both parents."
Carson says there is nothing wrong with trying to help protect such creatures.
"Rather I am saying, shouldn't we consider adding human fetuses and babies to the list?"
Some oppose allowing women considering an abortion to have an ultrasound "because they do not want an emotional bond to develop," Carson explains.
But such a bond "is essential to the survival of mankind," he says. Even farmers, he argues, will "do what is necessary to protect" their crops if they are threatened.
Carson was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and is now professor emeritus of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins School of Medicine.
The physician details several situations in which he helped saved the lives of children who others either had or were telling him to give up on. But he didn't, and those former children are alive today.
"My entire professional life has been devoted to saving and enhancing lives," Carson wrote. "Thus, the thought of abortion for the sake of convenience does not appeal to me."
And characterizing "love and compassion for human life as a 'war on women' is deceitful and pathetic," he concludes.
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