Just as with CNBC’s debate, no abortion-related questions were asked at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate. The event was also billed as focusing strictly on economic and fiscal issues, but Dr. Ben Carson made a point to incorporate the right to life in his closing statement:
In the two hours of this debate, five people have died from drug-related deaths, $100 million has been added to our national debt, 200 babies have been killed by abortionists, and two veterans have taken their lives out of despair.
This is a narrative that we can change. Not we the Democrats, not we the Republicans, but we the people of America, because there is something special about this nation. We must embrace it and be proud of it, and never give it away for the sake of political correctness.
Carson, an accomplished retired neurosurgeon who has never held elected office, is running as a pro-life candidate. He has made a variety of aggressive comments against abortion both during and before his campaign, including repeated comparisons to slavery.
As Live Action News reported this summer, doubts emerged in August over the specifics of his pro-life platform after a campaign spokesman suggested Carson thought abortion was “not a matter of legality,” but subsequent comments stressing that he did want to prohibit abortion and pro-life comments he made in the years prior to his entry into politics satisfied most critics.