by Steven Ertelt
July 26, 2007
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Mike Huckabee is a former Arkansas governor who is waging a relatively obscure campaign for the Republican presidential nod in 2008. He is known to conservative voters as a pro-life advocate but said at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday that his pro-life values extend beyond abortion concerns.
Huckabee told the Muscatine Journal he is pro-life, but echoed the kinds of remarks Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback has been making for months that the concerns don’t stop when an unborn child leaves the womb.
“I think sometimes pro-life people have been criticized for being just anti-abortion, and it’s a legitimate criticism,” the former Baptist pastor told the newspaper. “What happens to people after they’re born is no less important.”
Huckabee said the same concerns that prompt him to give high regard to the welfare of unborn children motivate him to be concerned about issues such as education, crime, and protecting the environment.
Those values also compel him to place a high priority on the lives of senior citizens.
“I’m equally concerned about people whether they’re 8 or 80,” he told the newspaper.
Huckabee has been strongly pro-life and signed bills that seek to limit the number of abortions, though he is not making enough progress in his campaign to rise to the top tier of Republican candidates or bring in the kind of campaign donations they have.
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.