NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Ben Carson, in an interview with Fox News on the sidelines of the Conservative Political Action Conference, warned on Thursday that the "morality of our society" was at stake in the debate over the US. abortion that resurfaced legislative assemblies of states and congresses.
Addressing Fox News a few moments after speaking to the Conservative rally, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development said the issue should be in the fore as the 2020 presidential race begins to take hold form.
"I think it's a critical issue because we're talking about the morality of our society," Dr. Carson told Fox News.
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"Are we going down here or are we still loving and caring?"
When asked what he was going to tell the Democrats who voted to block a Republican bill that threatened the imprisonment of doctors who were not trying to save the lives of live born infants, during a failed abortion, Mr. Carson said: yourself about what life is and about when babies can feel and when they can respond to external stimulation. "
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"We are talking about the morality of our society."
Carson's comments come after the law protecting survivors of abortion was blocked in the middle of the democratic opposition in Congress. It would have been necessary for "any health professional present at the time of delivery" to show the same degree of professional competence, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as the would make a reasonably diligent and conscientious health practitioner render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. "
The bill, which would exempt the mother from prosecution, would also have required practitioners to "ensure that the live born child is immediately transported and admitted to the hospital". It provided for a term of imprisonment of up to five years for violations, not including the penalties for first degree murder.
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All Democratic presidential candidates in the 2020 Senate opposed the measure, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Opponents deemed the bill useless, considering that killing a newborn was already a crime, and described it as an "attack" on women's health.
In response, President Trump tweeted: "This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress."
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The vote came after New York eased restrictions on late abortions, with several other states, including Illinois, considering similar measures.