Ben Carson: Abortion Causes Baby Ghosts-Reported as Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Ben Carson once said abortions cause baby ghosts that haunt hospitals.

The Truth:

We couldn’t find any record of Ben Carson saying that abortions cause baby ghosts, and this appears to be satire confused as factual news.

Ben Carson’s supposed comment about abortions causing baby ghosts began to circulate on social media in a meme back in 2015 while he was a GOP presidential candidate. The meme, which showed these words next to an image of Carson, doesn’t cite a source:

“Abortions create baby ghosts which haunted the hospitals the abortion was performed in. The baby ghosts then steal medical supplies, which is what drives up medical costs. I know this because I’m a doctor.”

The original source of the meme isn’t clear, either. But hundreds of Ben Carson memes have circulated over the election cycle; many of them complete works of fiction. This meme went viral after President-elect Donald Trump named Carson to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

And Ben Carson was an outspoken critic of abortion during the presidential campaign, but we couldn’t find any quotes in which Carson said abortion causes baby ghosts to haunt hospitals and steal medical supplies.

Given all that, we’re reporting this one as fiction.