WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson rejected Democratic characterizations of a GOP "war on women," saying Thursday that the actual war is on "what's inside of women."
"They tell you that there's a war on women," he said at a campaign event in Little Rock, Arkansas. "There is no war on women. There may be a war on what's inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country."
A casual reader of this comment may, understandably, be confused. What is Carson referring to? An assault on women's hearts? An attack on their spleens? A campaign against their esophagi?
Of course, since this is a Republican presidential primary, Carson was alluding to abortion. But he left out a relatively simple explanation for his "real war" by leaving out what he said previously, which was that the war he is concerned about is on "that cute little baby inside of them." (He also said "we need to re-educate the women" so they rethink their approach to the procedure.)
A press secretary for his campaign did not respond to a request for comment to confirm that Carson was talking about abortion.
Carson is a frequent and outspoken critic of the procedure, comparing it to human sacrifice and slavery. He's also called abortion "the number one cause of death for black people" -- it's actually heart disease -- and suggested that fetuses be added to endangered species lists.
Watch the video of Carson, via Raw Story, below: