Mike Huckabee has lost a lot of ground in the Republican primaries since Donald Trump entered the race and some of his other competitors started to outpace him, and his statement today on State of the Union isn’t likely to turn the tide.
Known for his staunch opposition to abortion, Huckabee did not budge when CNN‘s Dana Bash asked him about an 11-year-old rape victim in Paraguay, who is being forced to carry her child to term due to the government’s laws against abortion.
Huckabee’s response: yes, she should have to carry the child to term. But in fairness to Huckabee, here’s how he phrased it.
“Let nobody be mislead. A 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible. But does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? That’s really the issue.”
Mike Huckabee then brought up a man he used to work for — James Robison — who was the product of a rape, and in spite of his mother going to three doctors in Houston, Texas, in 1943, none were willing to give her the procedure.
Today Robison’s organization helps bring clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people overseas.
“I just don’t want to think that somehow we discount a human life,” Huckabee added. “No, it isn’t easy, and I wouldn’t pretend that it’s anything other than a terrible tragedy, but let’s not compound the tragedy by taking another life.”
Huckabee also believes that the human baby is one of two victims in an abortion and that the other is the mother, who has the procedure and experiences “extraordinary guilt years later when she begins to think through what happened with her and the baby.”
“Life is precious,” Huckabee concluded. “Every life has worth and value. I don’t think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being, and I don’t know where else to go with it but to say, ‘If life matters, then every life matters.'”
Bash noted that the position of Huckabee was seen as “extreme” even for many of his Republican rivals. For example, Trump, in his own Sunday-aired interview with Chuck Todd, laid out rape, incest, and the life of the mother as his three exceptions for allowing abortion, which he otherwise opposes.
While most Americans are for allowing abortion, a majority are opposed to it as a general form of birth control.
What do you think about the position of Mike Huckabee on abortion? Does it make him unelectable?
[Image of Mike Huckabee via State of the Union, linked above]