Ben Carson: Most Planned Parenthood Clinics Are in ‘Black Neighborhoods…to Control That Population’

By Melanie Arter | August 13, 2015 | 1:38 PM EDT

GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is running for president, told Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday that one of the reasons why most Planned Parenthood clinics are in black neighborhoods is “to control that population.”

“Maybe I’m not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood, but I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics and that she was not particularly enamored with black people, and one of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find a way to control that population,” said Carson.

Carson added that Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said he admires Sanger.

“And I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place, a woman who Hillary Clinton, by the way, says that she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi, Germany thought about her,” he said.

While accepting Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award at the 2009 Planned Parenthood Honors Gala in Houston, Texas, then-Secretary Clinton said, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision,” adding, “I am really in awe of her, there are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life.”

Cavuto also asked Carson whether Planned Parenthood should remain viable in light of the recent undercover videos that showed some Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted baby body parts.

Cavuto: Well that came out with the whole Planned Parenthood thing, right? And the videos, doctor, and I know many of your colleagues have said, ‘Shut it down. Shut the whole thing down, defund it, close it.’ I think Donald Trump drew a line there, saying, ‘The abortion stuff, by all means shut down,’ but he said, paraphrasing here doctor, does a lot of a good for a lot of women, a lot of families, etcetera. Do you draw the line? Do you think there’s some things that Planned Parenthood does good and should remain viable?

Carson: Well certainly women’s health issues are important. There are a lot of women’s health clinics that don’t engage in abortion by the way, so by no means is it a do-or-die situation, but no, I believe that abortion and paying for abortion with federal funding when so many people are against it is just not the right thing to do.

Cavuto: But for Planned Parenthood itself – because Planned Parenthood says none of the tax dollars go to fund abortion – on these tapes, you wonder how … make money off it. There’s no way of knowing it right now. What we do know is it’s a controversial group, but Democrats have seized on Republicans’ concerns about Planned Parenthood as being a war on women, that you’re out to get women.

Carson: Maybe I’m not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood, but I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics and that she was not particularly enamored with black people, and one of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find a way to control that population. And I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place, a woman who Hillary Clinton, by the way, says that she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi, Germany thought about her.

Cavuto: That she was for targeting certain races—

Carson: A great person, yes.