by Steven Ertelt
May 17, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Should he fail to capture the Republican nomination for president next year, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he’s not sure if he could serve as a running mate with a pro-abortion GOP presidential candidate. Huckabee didn’t name Rudy Giuliani specifically but appeared to be referring to the former New York City mayor.
Huckabee made his comments in a press conference with reporters on Wednesday as he campaigned in South Carolina following the second GOP debate.
He said he would have serious reservations about joining a ticket with an abortion advocate.
"This is an issue to me that is very critical," he said, according to an AP report.
It’s one of the reasons that I got into politics because I believe the manner in which we treat innocent life and the matter in which we respect human life, at whatever stage is an incredibly powerful statement about who we are as a people," Huckabee explained.
Huckabee also questioned the notion that a politician can be "personally opposed" to abortion yet support legalized abortions as a public policy.
"The sanctity of life is not just some peripheral political position," Huckabee said. "It comes to the very heart of who we are as a culture, and I think that’s shared by many people here in South Carolina."
Huckabee has been strongly pro-life and signed bills that seek to limit the number of abortions.
In 2005, Huckabee signed a bill into law that would require abortion facilities to obtain the approval of a parent or legal guardian before an abortion can be scheduled for a teenager.
Huckabee also signed a bill in 2003 authorizing the sale of Choose Life license plates. Twenty-five dollars from the plate proceeds goes to the Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program Fund and are distributed to organizations that help pregnant women and promote adoption such a pregnancy centers or adoption agencies.
The former governor also addressed biotech issues as well.
In March 2003 Huckabee signed a ban on human cloning. Under the Arkansas law, human cloning would be considered a felony, punishable with prison sentences as long as ten years and fines as high as $10,000.