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Ben Carson Walks Back Abortion Remarks

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Just a day ago, I wrote that Dr. Ben Carson should drill into his head that the issue for 2016 is “It’s Abortion, Stupid,” and the very same day, Carson walked back his previous remarks and put them in the pooper-scooper.

In remarks while appearing on ABC News’ “This Week” Carson told host Martha Raddatz that life begins at conception.  When she asked him about his stance on exceptions for rape and incest, he said “What I have said is that, you know, I have spent my life trying to save life, not trying to destroy it.”

“What I believe is life starts at conception. I’ve said there are a a lot of people who think that — that [life begins] at the heartbeat,” Carson said this morning. “And I think most people can come to the conclusion that once you have a heartbeat, that you clearly have a living organism.”

So, now we’re left with a confusing mishmash of positions.

I have no doubt that Carson doesn’t like abortion.  I, like many active in the pro-life movement, simply wonder if his commitment to life at conception is a political statement or is it one of his core convictions?

Carson came under fire last week for his 1992 research on 17-week-old fetal tissue, but defended the use of the tissue for research.

“There is absolutely no contradiction between the research I worked on in 1992 and my pro-life views,” Carson said in a statement to ABC News. “Killing babies and harvesting tissue for sale is very different than taking a dead specimen and keeping a record of it, which is exactly the source of the tissue used in our research.”

The attack came from the far-left, and it’s nothing but a smear.  But what does Carson really believe?

Watch the interview and see if it helps you decide.