Mike Huckabee Releases New Statement Confirming He’s Pro-Life on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 17, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mike Huckabee Releases New Statement Confirming He’s Pro-Life on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 17
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee released a statement today saying he is unequivocally pro-life on abortion. The timing of the statement comes as conservative leaders sign the Mount Vernon Statement and thousands of pro-life advocates gather for the CPAC conference.

"I have stated repeatedly, unequivocally, that I am pro-life. It is easy to get caught up in the nuances of exactly what that means. So I want to spell it out, as clearly and concisely as I can," Huckabee says.

In a post on the blog of his national political action committee, the potential 2012 presidential candidate says he agrees with the scientific fact that human life begins at conception.

"There is no doubt in my mind that life does begin at the point of conception. It does not begin when a judge, or an attorney, or a left wing activist group decides that it does," Huckabee writes. "Science determines that life begins ‘when the male sperm and female egg join – a new and unique life form is created.’ Scientists don’t say life begins at birth or viability. It begins at conception."

Why is that important to pro-life people?

"It’s pretty simple really. Human life is the foundation of our civilization. It defines us as a people. Protection of life is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as Americans. That is why as one people, we rush to the aid of earthquake victims in Haiti, tsunami victims in Sri Lanka, and hurricane victims in our own country," Huckabee says.

For the former Arkansas governor, recognizing an individual’s right to life is a guiding principle that defines good social thought and policy.

"We recognize that each life, every life, is unique and that the loss of one unique life diminishes each of us individually and collectively. This recognition is why we fight so hard to save the life of a lost boy scout, or a cave explorer trapped far below the surface," he explains. "It is why Americans risk their lives every day. It is what separates us from the terrorists – they have a culture of death – we have a culture of life."

Huckabee spells out how the pro-life position should be applied consistently to end-of-life issues as well.

"As Americans, we have a love of all humans, from the baby growing inside a mother’s womb, to the elderly facing the end of their life on earth. Our respect and love for the human race is at the core of our society. It defines our family units. It defines our judicial system. It defines our political system. If we lose sight of the sanctity of human life, then we lose our soul," he writes on his blog.

"That is why I will continue to fight, by every legal means available, for the protection of life – every life is a life worth fighting for," Huckabee concludes.

Huckabee’s views contrast greatly with the pro-abortion record President Barack Obama has compiled since taking over the White House last year.

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