Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee reiterated his pro-life views and said he does not believe abortion is okay for any reason.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, he discussed the case of the 11-year-old girl in Paraguay who became pregnant as a result of rape and delivered a healthy baby girl earlier this month. As LifeNews previously reported, the young girl was the focus of a debate about abortion laws in the pro-life country after her mother requested that she obtain a late-term abortion.
Thankfully, her mother’s abortion request was denied because abortion is only permitted after 20-weeks when a woman’s life is in danger. The Health Minister of Paraguay, Dr. Antonio Barrios, said the procedure was out of the question since the family requested it in the girl’s 23rd week of pregnancy. He said, “If there needed to be an abortion, it had to be before the 20th week.”
Huckabee said the following about the situation: “Let’s not compound a tragedy by taking yet another life. A 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible. But does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that’s really the issue.”
CNN Politics reports that Huckabee is against abortion in all cases partly because of the damaging effects it has on women. He explained, “There are two victims. One is the child; the other is that birth mother who often will go through extraordinary guilt years later when she begins to think through what happened — with the baby, with her. And again, there are no easy answers here.”
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He added, “I just come down on the side that life is precious; every life has worth and value. I don’t think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being, and I don’t know where else to go with it than just to be consistent and say, if life matters, and that’s a person, then every life matters.”
Earlier this month, Huckabee elaborated on his pro-life position at the Republican presidential debate. Huckabee is among many pro-life candidates seeking the Republican nomination for president. He said, “A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that’s a huge game changer. I think it’s time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the constitution now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother’s womb is a person at the moment of conception.”
Then he used science to back up his argument that life begins at conception, which was wise since biology is crystal clear on when life begins. “The reason we know that it is is because of the DNA schedule that we now have clear scientific evidence on. And, this notion that we just continue to ignore the personhood of the individual is a violation of that unborn child’s 5th and 14th Amendment rights for due process and equal protection under the law,” he said.
Huckabee concluded, “It’s time that we recognize the Supreme Court is not the supreme being, and we change the policy to be pro-life and protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they’re parts to a Buick.”
Watch Huckabee’s full interview on CNN in the video below.