Ben Carson's perplexing stand on abortion

A review of several articles from the Baltimore Sun in 1992 indicate that Carson, who as a Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon was personally opposed to abortion, still referred women to doctors willing to perform the procedure.

“As a physician who does not believe in abortion, when faced with a patient who has severe medical problems, I would refer someone for an abortion,” Carson told the Baltimore Sun in September of 1992. “I believe that person needs to hear both sides … I would never advocate it’s illegal for a person to get an abortion. I think in the long run we do a lot of harm when we bludgeon people.”

Carson, at the time, often dealt with women whose fetuses had genetic defects, according to another article from October of that year.

Also in 1992, he appeared in an anti-abortion ad that he later disavowed, as Maryland grappled with an abortion-related referendum. That same year, Carson used tissue from aborted fetuses in medical research. He had nothing to do with obtaining the tissue, he said, and has defended his research. But the revelation comes as he, like many others in his party, has blasted Planned Parenthood for providing fetal tissue after videos surfaced showing workers at the pro-abortion rights group discussing the matter in a way many saw as cavalier.