Pro-Life Candidate Ben Carson Temporarily Suspends Campaign After Staff Hurt in Serious Accident

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 19, 2016   |   5:04PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson canceled his campaign events Tuesday after one of his employees and three volunteers were involved in a vehicle accident on an icy Iowa road.

Carson’s campaign reports that a van carrying his four campaigners hit a patch of ice earlier Tuesday, flipped on its side and was struck by another vehicle.

“Three of the passengers, including the campaign staffer driving, are currently being checked out at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa,” according to a statement on his campaign website. “One volunteer is being transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.”

Carson canceled a series of campaign events and planned to travel to Omaha to be with the families, according to the statement. The names and conditions of the four accident victims have not been released.

“Dr. Carson is asking people to join him in prayer for all the individuals and families involved,” his campaign said in a statement.

Carson’s reaction to the tragic event exemplifies his heartfelt concern for the protection of human life. The neurosurgeon is taking time away from his campaign to be with his employees and volunteers just before the heavily influential Iowa caucuses, which are less than two weeks away.

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Carson has made his strong pro-life stance clear on the campaign trail. In December, he blamed “peer pressure” for American’s acceptance of abortion as a “woman’s right.”

“Someone has tried to make this into an issue of women’s rights,” the former neurosurgeon told a pro-life crowd in Nevada. “What about the baby? You know, it’s one of the most sacred relationships in the universe, a mother and that child inside of her.

“How have we become so distorted that we have managed to convince women that that baby inside of her is her enemy and that she has a right to kill it,” Carson said.

In a November interview with Breitbart News, Carson said he would “use the bully pulpit” to work to restore a culture of life in the United States if elected president.

The Republican presidential candidate also said he supports repealing Roe v. Wade. He also has been very vocal about his opposition to Obamacare.