Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines, Iowa. He made an interesting comment about surgery and outcomes. According to Carson whether a surgery is successful or not, whether a patient lives or dies has less to do with surgical training, the underlying illness, the part of the body requiring surgery, quality nursing care, overall health, or socioeconomic factors it’s God’s will.
“I have always acknowledged God for the successful surgeries. But he also gets the blame for the ones that are not successful. – Ben Carson
Abortion is one of the safest procedures around. The risk of a complication that requires hospital care after a first trimester abortion is 0.05%. That means the 99.95% of women who have a first trimester abortion without complications have God to thank. The mortality rate is around 0.67 per 100,000 procedures.
Let’s compare abortion with c-sections. About 27% of women who have a c-section have some kind of complication and 10% have serious complications. With a first c-section 0.3% of women end up in the intensive care unit (and that’s just looking at one complication). Using Carson logic God clearly prefers abortion to c-sections, otherwise why would he smite women having c-sections with blood clots, bleeding that requires blood transfusions, infections and hysterectomies?
And those women who have emergencies, like their baby being in severe distress or the mom hemorrhaging? Well, God must really not like the idea of guiding hands to save a term baby running out of oxygen because the mother is bleeding to death. This could be the only conclusion one could make using Carson’s words and applying then to because emergency c-sections, which have the highest complication rate.
Again, let’s compare. Elective first trimester abortion 0.05% serious complication rate. Primary c-section rate of blood transfusion 0.5%. Primary c-section rate of intensive care unit admission 0.4%. Overall serious complication rate for emergency c-section 25%. If God’s guiding hands then clearly God is in favor of abortion.
I would love to ask Dr. Carson (and I do hope someone in the press to whom Carson’s rep is likely to respond actually asks) if abortion is so evil in God’s eyes why would He allow these procedures to be so successful? Kind of a conundrum, don’t you think?
Unless of course Dr. Carson thinks that only he was the chosen medical Moses and God could only work through his gifted hands and now that He (Dr. Carson) has retired we’re all just out of luck because we have to rely on mere mortals and evidence-based medicine.