by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups and advocates are split on endorsements for Republican presidential candidates, but pro-abortion organizations are heaping criticism on Mike Huckabee. In their estimation, the former Arkansas governor is the worst on pro-life issues — something Huckabee may wear as a badge of honor.
Shortly after Huckabee’s win in the Iowa caucuses, NARAL send out an email fundraising request hoping to generate $72,000 to contact pro-abortion Republican votes to oppose him in New Hampshire.
"Mike Huckabee’s first place win in the Iowa caucuses is alarming for women," the group said in a copy of the email LifeNews.com obtained.
"We must stop him before we face a presidential nominee who is arguably more anti-choice than even George W. Bush," the group adds. "NARAL … needs your help … to stop Huckabee’s momentum before the New Hampshire primary on January 8."
NARAL criticizes Huckabee for supporting a human life amendment to the constitution protecting unborn children from abortion. It worries such an amendment would also limit birth control, stem cell research and in-vitro fertilization.
The abortion advocacy group hasn’t endorsed pro-abortion Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani and is opposing Huckabee even though other candidates seeking the GOP nod take pro-life positions on abortion.
"Sometimes, fighting for choice means taking a stand against anti-choice candidates who are adamant about rolling back our rights," NARAL told its donors.
"It is alarming that, 35 years after Roe v. Wade, we are still fighting against vehemently anti-choice politicians, like Huckabee, who believe they should make personal, private medical decisions for women and their families," it said.
With the donations, NARAL said it would roll out "emergency voter-education efforts" to contact pro-abortion independents and Republicans to "steer clear of hard-line, anti-choice candidates like Huckabee."
NARAL claims it has identified 137,469 such voters in New Hampshire.
In saying it thinks Huckabee is the most pro-life candidate in the Republican race, NARAL says, "When it comes to opposing reproductive freedom, Huckabee is a stand-out."
NARAL talks about Huckabee’s support for a state amendment in Arkansas to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds for abortions, including those in cases of rape or incest.
"We cannot afford another four years of Bush-style anti-choice policies," NARAL president Nancy Keenan concluded in the email.
"It is vital that we have the resources to get the message out to New Hampshire voters. After that, we will focus on stopping any anti-choice candidate who, like Huckabee, threatens to carry on George W. Bush’s anti-choice legacy."