Mike Huckabee Urges Pro-Life Advocates to be Consistent on Abortion, Euthanasia

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 2, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mike Huckabee Urges Pro-Life Advocates to be Consistent on Abortion, Euthanasia

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 2
, 2009

Lafayette, IN (LifeNews.com) — Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke to 700 people at the annual Tippecanoe County Right to Life banquet Tuesday night. He urged the pro-life advocates in attendance to be consistent in advocating the pro-life position.

Huckabee said that, for him, holding a pro-life view means more than opposing abortion — it extends throughout life to issues such as assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Or, as the potential 2012 presidential candidate said, “from the womb to the tomb.”

“For me, it’s not a political issue, it’s a matter of principle,” he said. “Some people try to make it an issue of abortion, but it’s really about every human life having value, dignity and intrinsic worth."

“People say I’m anti-abortion," Huckabee added, according to the Purdue Exponent. "That does not describe me actively, accurately or efficiently. I’m not anti- anything. I am for treating people as I’d like to be treated."

Huckabee struck a chord often mentioned by pro-life advocates in noting how the devaluing of some human lives — such as those of unborn children — results in lessening the value of others — like the elderly or disabled.

“This is why every person must get involved – you have to stand up and speak up or this is what can happen,” he said. “Once a culture begins to devalue human life, it begins to deteriorate.”

"We cannot allow our country to get to the point where we decide that one life is expendable and another is valuable," he added. "We need to recognize the worth of all human beings, not only in politics, but in culture."

Huckabee drew comparisons to slavery — saying “as a country, we didn’t get it quite right for a while” — but that pro-life advocates need to continue fighting until abortion is ended.

“That’s what we need to work for and pray for,” he said. “Until then, we are not a nation of life.”

The former presidential candidate also mentioned, according to the newspaper, that he was frequently asked about the most important issue facing the nation as a prospective president.

“I believe the most significant issue is how we treat each other as human beings,” he said. “It will define who we are as a nation.”

"The problem in our country isn’t economic, it’s about valuing life," he said. "You can pass all the stimulus packages in the world, but until we fix that problem, it won’t make a difference."

Huckabee said he was excited to see the hundreds of people turn out for the event.

"To see both of these ballrooms filled from front to back is very encouraging. There is hope for this country," Huckabee said.

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