Pro-Life Advocate: Mike Huckabee Should Stay In to Lobby McCain on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocate: Mike Huckabee Should Stay In to Lobby McCain on Abortion Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 11,

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-life advocate who works on international population and abortion issues says Mike Huckabee should stay in the Republican presidential race. Steven Mosher, the head of the Population Research Institute, believes Huckabee’s presence will help John McCain acknowledge he needs to strengthen his pro-life views.

"The pro-life cause benefits from Governor Huckabee’s continued presence in the race," Mosher tells

"Of all the candidates, Huckabee has run the most gracious–and issues oriented–campaign," Mosher explains. "That means that, as long as Huckabee is in the race, McCain will be forced to address the issues that separate him from his conservative, pro-life base."

Mosher says the key issue McCain must confront is embryonic stem cell research.

Though he agrees with the pro-life movement in opposing abortion, McCain deviates from it when it comes to funding this research that involves the destruction of human life. Huckabee has repeatedly said he opposes funding and creating human life simply for its research and destruction.

While McCain and Huckabee both want Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that allowed unlimited abortions, to be overturned, Mosher says Huckabee would go further by supporting a human life amendment.

Mosher also says McCain, while saying he would support judges who interpret the Constitution rather than making the law from the bench, has been weak on judges.

"All of these issues, from judicial appointments to the destruction of human embryos for research, to the Human Life Amendment are close to the heart of the pro-life movement," Mosher contends.

"It serves the purposes of our movement to have them discussed as the Republican presidential campaign continues. Mike Huckabee, by staying in the race, by his focus on the issues, and by his sheer eloquence, will ensure that these issues are addressed," Mosher said.

Ultimately, Mosher hopes Huckabee, even if he doesn’t capture the Republican nomination, will force McCain to reconfirm his opposition to abortion and his pledge to appoint the kinds of judges most willing to reverse Roe.