I believe that there's got to be some leadership that not only addresses the monetary and military issues of this country, but the moral issues of this country. At the end of every political speech, most of us say, God bless America.
But how can he do that when we continue to slaughter 4,000 babies a day? And I want to be the president that treats every person, including the unborn, as a person.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate
, Jan 14, 2016
Pro-life rhetoric not to blame in clinic shootout
Q: Regarding the shoot-out at a Planned Parenthood clinic--law enforcement is saying that the shooter has anti-abortion views and referenced baby parts following the attack. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains put out this statement: "We share the
concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country." What do you make of this?˙
HUCKABEE: We don't know fully what the facts are. But regardless of why he did it, what he did
is absolutely abominable, especially to those of us in the pro-life movement, because none of us would condone something like this.˙There is no legitimizing. There is no rationalizing. It was mass murder. So, I think that's a little bit disingenuous
on the part of Planned Parenthood to blame people who have a strong philosophical disagreement with the dismembering of human babies to say that we would like to retaliate by sending some madman into a clinic to kill people.
Under my presidency, life would be really deemed precious
Q: How will the world look different once your Air Force One is parked in the hangar of your presidential library?
HUCKABEE: At the end of my presidency I would like to believe that the world would be a safe place; people wouldn't bully us because they
would know that that would be an invitation to their destruction. Domestically, we would be operating under a tax system that eliminated the IRS. People wouldn't be punished for their work, and for what they produced.
And we would focus on cures. And we would make this country not only safe from our enemies without, but safe from the enemies within. And it would be a good place to raise our kids and our grandkids.
Taking innocent life does not solve problem of rape
Q: You oppose abortion even in cases of rape and incest. What do you say?
A: Does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that's really the issue. So when I think about one horror, I also think about the possibilities that
exist. And I just don't want to think that somehow we discount human life. I realize there are some people that will be very different in their view of this than me, and I respect that.
If GOP capitulates on life, they lose voters like me
Huckabee said, "I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on [social] issues, when if they continue this direction they guarantee they're going to lose every election in the future,"
Huckabee said, "and I don't understand why they want to lose.
"A lot of Republicans, particularly in the establishment and those who live on the either 'left coast' or those who live up in the bubbles of New York and Washington, are convinced that
if we don't capitulate and just accept the inevitable, then we're going to be losers. It is the absolute opposite of that," Huckabee said.
Huckabee described same-sex marriage and "the sanctity of life" as "non-negotiable issues of principle" for
Republicans. "If the GOP 'leaders' capitulate on these issues, they will lose voters like me," he said. "When the GOP puts up a candidate that's moderate on those issues we lose; when we put up a candidate with clarity on those issues, we win."
Another issue that defines us as conservatives--or SHOULD define us--is our support to life. To my mind, there isn't any room for wishy-washiness on this point. During the 2008 campaign season, none of the candidates had accomplished more on life
issues that I had--no one. Now, you can be quietly and passively pro-life, or you can be passionately and actively PRO-LIFE. I am the latter. I first became politically active because of my view on the sanctity of life.
Source: Do The Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee, p. 18
, Nov 18, 2008
Life question reflects nation’s nature & equality of humans
Q: On Thursday, you won the endorsement of Dr. James Dobson, the founder of the Focus on the Family.
Q: Dobson said McCain was “not a conservative” because of his stance on abortion, among other things. Do you agree with Dr. Dobson?
I would say that if you compare Sen. McCain to Hillary or Obama, he’s much a conservative. I do think that there are issues where he takes sharp contrast with the mainstream of conservative thought. And those are real sensitive issues for many of us.
The life issue is a defining issue for me personally. Because we think that if you are wrong on the life question, it reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of our nation and the equality of human beings, that there is intrinsic worth and value in
each of us, that individual power and freedom that our founding fathers so believed in that they put their lives on the line for it, begins to deteriorate at the point when you start saying some lives are worth more than others.
Consensus impossible: pro-choice world fundamentally differs
Dr. Joycelyn Elders told Christians they needed to “get over their love affair with the fetus”--a phrase that was often repeated after she became Clinton’s surgeon general. The comment particularly offended Christian believers. Clinton asked me how much
of a problem it was causing. I told him it was a serious problem. She had deeply offended many people. It was a slap in the face to those who held pro-life convictions. “I wish you would explain to her how people in the evangelical world feel. Would you
be willing to talk to her,“ asked Clinton.
I said I would be happy to. Clinton set up a meeting. After talking, I recognized she was absolutely sincere in her beliefs. I realized that the reason her positions on these issues so conflicted with mine was
that our worldviews were fundamentally at odds. Reaching a consensus was impossible. She had her own idea of what a ”dash“ of salt was--in this case, a ”dash“ of human life--and recognized no standard that could show her she was wrong.
Hate abortion but allow it is like hate slavery but allow it
Q [to GIULIANI]: You have said that you personally hate abortion but support a woman’s right to choose. Gov. Huckabee says that’s like saying, “I hate slavery, but people can go ahead and practice it.” Tell me why he’s wrong.
GIULIANI: There is no
circumstances under which I could possibly imagine anyone choosing slavery or supporting slavery. There are millions of Americans, who are as of good conscience as we are, who make a different choice about abortion. And I think in a country where you
want to keep government out of people’s lives from the point of view of coercion, you have to respect that.
Q: Governor, has the mayor persuaded you?
HUCKABEE: He has not. I have great respect for the mayor because he’s been honest about his position
Q: South Dakota had some proposed legislation to outlaw all abortion except saving the life of a mother, no exceptions for rape or incest. You said you’d sign that. Why?
A: I always am going to err on the side of life. I believe life is precious. I hav
been in the pro-life camp since I was a teenager. It’s because of my view that God is the creator and instigator of life. But those of us in the pro-life movement have to do also some expanding. Life begins at conception but it doesn’t end at birth.
And if we’re really pro-life we have to be concerned about more than just the gestation period. [My administration] passed pro-life legislation, but we also did things that improved the environmental quality that would affect a child’s air and water;
that he had a better education, & better access to affordable health care. So I think that real pro-life people need to be concerned about affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, access to a college education. That, for me, is what pro-life has to mean.
Q: South Dakota had some proposed legislation to outlaw all abortion except saving the life of a mother, no exceptions for rape or incest. You said you’d sign that. Why?
A: I always am going to err on the side of life. I believe life is precious. It’s
because of my view that God is the creator and instigator of life.
Q: But if you outlawed abortion, what would happen to the doctor who performed an abortion? What would happen to the woman who had an abortion?
A: Well, I think the question is, Do I
think the South Dakota bill is the best bill that ever could be signed? This is a debate that’s been so divisive. What we really need to be doing is having the discussion center around how can we create a culture where people value and celebrate life.
Q: As president, you would seek to ban abortion?
A: I would seek always to promote the view that life is precious and should be protected. But I think it has to be won on a battlefield of one heart at a time rather than pieces of legislation at a time.
Pro-life and pro-death penalty, & sees them as far different
Some wonder how a person so pro-life as me could accept the law of a death penalty. But a death sentence is a result of a lengthy and thorough judicial process applied to a person deemed guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s far different from
one person singularly deciding to end the life of a totally innocent and helpless unborn child. In that case, there is no process of justice, no evidence of guilt presented, no defense for the condemned child, and no appeal.
Source: From Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p. 86
, Jan 4, 2007
Even Americans who are pro-choice are pro-life
It would be fair to say that I am in politics because I am pro-life. By no means am I a single-issue person, but on that single issue I am steadfastly consistent. The abortion issue goes to the very heart of what I believe and it is consistent with the
American tradition of giving voice to the voiceless.
The record I am proudest of is having signed numerous pieces of pro-life legislation., including a ban on partial-birth abortion. Another bill established a woman’s right to know, ensuring her
consent to an abortion is an informed one, based on the same information she would be given if she were removing her tonsils instead of her baby. Equally important was legislation mandating parents be informed and provide consent before the serious
surgical procedure of an abortion could be performed on a minor. We also pushed through legislation requiring doctors to inform the mother that the unborn child will feel pain, and provide the option to anesthetize the baby prior to abortion.
[We should] provide for every person who’s contemplating the termination of her child during pregnancy that she has information, knowing fully and completely the procedure that is taking place and what it will mean.
Commonly called the woman’s right-to-know legislation, it really goes back to school, back to educating people.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature
, Jan 9, 2001
Abortions are legal but they're NOT safe
The social revolution was supposed to remove the specter of dangerous back-alley abortions from our land. But that is hardly the case. The truth is, many of the same butchers who ran the old illegal back-alley operations have simply moved uptown to ply
their gristly trade illegally. The 1973 "Roe v. Wade" decision did nothing to change that.
There is no such thing as a "safe and legal" abortion. Legal, yes. Safe, no way.
Recently the Centers for Disease Control conducted a study of maternal deaths
and discovered that abortion is now the 6th most common cause. Abortion-related deaths may be under-reported by as much as 50%. Other medical complications of abortion include sterility; hemorrhaging; viral hepatitis; cervical laceration,
cardiorespiratory arrest, and amniotic fluid embolus. As a result of these complications, women in America have seen a massive increase in the cost of medical care. The great vision the coercive social engineers conceived has utterly failed.
Culture of life encompasses more than just abortion issue
Historically, America has been a culture of life--but in today's debates, the issue is often obscured by the debate about abortion, which centers on the right of a pregnant woman to choose the disposition of her unborn child without any interference
or input from the father, the family, or the federal government. But the culture of life is so much more.
Let me be clear: It's not that the debate about abortion is unimportant. With the Roe v. Wade decision in
1973, we, as a society, exchanged our sense of responsibility toward human life for a greater heralding of the right to terminate it. Even more disturbing was that the decision to end the innocent life of an unborn child was vested
solely in the hands of the biological mother in whose body this unique life existed and would grow into a fully developed and functional human being.
Public debate today is filled with arguments that, not long ago, would have been dismissed as ridiculous.
Abortion became OK because we decided it is OK. Where did we get the right to make that decision? Because we're our own god. If the inconvenience
of this little child would interrupt our college education or a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend, then that child became nothing more than a choice. "It's my choice. I decide for myself. What about me?" That is the essence of our culture.
Source: Character IS the Issue, by Mike Huckabee, p. 98-99
, Sep 9, 1997
Mike Huckabee on Constitutional Issues
Apply Constitutional rights from conception
I talked about the importance of preserving life, not just saying we're going to defund Planned Parenthood, but something bolder. Let's get rid of abortion by applying the
Fifth, and Fourteenth amendment to every person from conception because that means that we recognize that no person can be deprived of life or liberty unless they have due process.
Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa
, Jan 28, 2016
Abortion should be illegal but not criminal
Q: You support banning abortion by declaring that a fetus is a person that has rights under the Constitution.˙Can you explain under your plan what the criminal penalty would be for a woman if she did get an abortion?˙
HUCKABEE: Well, there wouldn't be a criminal penalty against a woman. I have often said that there are two victims with every abortion.
One is the unborn child who loses its life, and the other is often that woman who is talked into the abortion, pressured into it, maybe feels she has no other option.
There's no reason to criminalize her. I personally think that that would be a useless and, frankly, a harsh and unnecessary kind of attack on a woman who needs love and support and assistance, not criminalization.
Litmus test for Supreme Court justices on rights of unborn
Q: Will you have a litmus test when it comes to appointing Supreme Court nominees?
HUCKABEE: You better believe I will, because I'm tired of liberals always having a litmus test and conservatives are supposed to pretend we don't. Well let me tell you
what mine would be. Number one, I'd ask do you think that the unborn child is a human being or is it just a blob of tissue? I'd want to know the answer to that. I'd want to know do you believe in the First Amendment, do you believe that religious
liberty is the fundamental liberty around which all the other freedoms of this country are based? And do you believe in the Fifth and the 14th Amendment?
Do you believe that a person, before they're deprived of life and liberty, should in fact have due process and equal protection under the law? Because if you do, you're going to do more than defund Planned Parenthood.
Q: You favor a constitutional amendment banning abortions, except for the life of the mother.
HUCKABEE: I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That's a long and difficult process. I've actually taken the position
that's bolder than that. 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. 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 Fifth and 14th Amendment rights for due process
and equal protection under the law. 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.
As president, would push for the repeal of Roe v. Wade
Huckabee would turn to the Constitution on abortion, proposing an amendment to ban abortion, with an exception for the life of the mother.
As president, he also would push for the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
, May 5, 2015
Unborn Child Amendment: all legally possible to protect life
I worked on Arkansas's Unborn Child Amendment, which requires the state to do whatever it legally can to protect life. As governor, I sure did all I legally could. The many pro-life laws I got through my Democrat legislature are the accomplishments that
give me the most pride. I pushed for and signed bills that banned partial-birth abortion; that required parental notification; that required a woman to give informed consent before having an abortion; that required a woman be told that her baby will
experience pain and be given the option of anesthesia for her baby; that allowed a woman to deliver her baby and leave the child safely at a hospital; and that made it a crime for an unborn child to be injured or murdered during an attack on its mother.
What I accomplished a governor proves that there is a lot more that a pro-life president can do than twiddle his thumbs waiting for a Supreme Court vacancy. I would argue that the very foundation of our country rests on our respect for life.
No state-by-state decisions on moral issues like abortion
Roe v. Wade simply took the issue of protecting human life from the jurisdiction of individual state law and added a new level of protection in the name of privacy at the federal level. [If abortion were] a political issue, then it would be logical for
the issue to be decided by the individual states--but it is a moral issue. The right to life is a fundamental right that does not--CANNOT--vary from state to state. The very idea of each and every state having a different standard of morality as it
relates to the sanctity of life is ludicrous.
In the 1860s, states in the South believed that each state should set its own terms for how to deal with the issue of slavery. Wise and principled leaders insisted that this could not be treated as a
political issue but would have to be dealt with as a moral issue.
It's my hope & prayer that we will also come to an inescapable conclusion that it is equally irrational to believe that human life can mean something different in each of the 50 states.
Will lead fight for constitutional ban on abortion
I would support and be willing to lead a Human Life Amendment to the constitution. Our Founding Fathers said we’re all equal. At the heart of understanding that, if we are indeed equal, all of us have intrinsic worth, and no one has more than another.
I believe the sanctity of a human life is rooted in who we are as a culture and as a civilization. And should we turn our back on this fundamental truth, we have turned our back on the very essence and foundation of who we are as a people.
Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference
, Feb 7, 2008
I’m pro-life, but have no opinion on Justice O’Connor
Q: Was O’Connor the right choice?
A: History will have to determine that. We need to talk about why the issue of right-to-life is important. For many of us, this is an issue of principle and conviction. It goes to the heart of who we are as a country.
If we value each other as human beings & believe that everybody has equal worth, and that that intrinsic value is not affected by net worth, or ancestry, or last name, or job description, or ability, or disability, then the issue of the sanctity of human
life is far bigger than just being anti-abortion. It’s about being pro-life and exercising that deep conviction held by our founding fathers that all of us are equal & no one is more equal than another, recognizing that once we ever decide that some
people are more equal or less equal than others, then we start moving that line, & it may include us some day. I’m pro-life. I value every human being. I would always make every decision always on the side of life every time I could, without equivocation
Q: Thompson and McCain both talk about leaving abortion to the states, the way it was before Roe vs. Wade ever became the law of the land in the first place. Why isn’t that good enough?
A: Well, it’s the logic of the Civil War.
If morality is the point here, and if it’s right or wrong, not just a political question, then you can’t have 50 different versions of what’s right and what’s wrong. Again, that’s what the whole Civil War was about.
Can you have states saying slavery is OK, other states saying it’s not? If abortion is a moral issue--and for many of us it is, and I know for others it’s not.
So if you decide that it’s just a political issue, then that’s a perfectly acceptable, logical conclusion. But for those of us for whom this is a moral question, you can’t simply have 50 different versions of what’s right.
Led Arkansas to human life amendment in state constitution
I would love to see us have in this country what I helped lead in our state in Arkansas, and that’s a human life amendment to our state constitution,
Amendment 65, that says that we believe life begins at conception, and that we ought to do everything in the world possible to protect it until its natural conclusion. And that means that we truly value and respect, elevate and celebrate every life.
Source: 2007 GOP debate at UNH, sponsored by Fox News
, Sep 5, 2007
Certainly good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed
Q: Would the day that Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America?
BROWNBACK: It would be a glorious day of human liberty and freedom.
GILMORE: Yes, it was wrongly decided.
HUCKABEE: Most certainly.
McCAIN: A repeal.
GIULIANI: It would be OK to repeal.
TANCREDO: After 40 million dead because we have aborted them in this country, that would be the greatest day in this country’s history when that, in fact, is overturned.
Source: 2007 GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC
, May 3, 2007
Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law
I’m pro life, but I know not everyone agrees with me on that particular topic, and I respect that. I’ll probably never change my conviction on that, and some of you won’t change yours.
But in this day in which we talk about choice and the importance of it, surely we can agree that if under the Supreme Court choice is mandated, that choice should be as educated a choice as is humanly possible.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arkansas legislature
, Jan 9, 2001
Mike Huckabee on Public Funding
End Planned Parenthood funding by tying to debt limit vote
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee used his speech to say that the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution could be used to define full legal personhood as starting at the moment of conception. In a news conference after the speech,
Huckabee stopped short of explaining how this would work. "You're going to actually start protecting those people who are unborn," he said. "It's not to criminalize people, certainly not mothers. You make it a federal policy that you protect these lives.
A lot of the details I'll reveal at the time that I get to be president. I don't want to be coy. I just don't want to get stuck in the weeds."
No 2016 rival endorsed Huckabee's theory of the law. All of them had at least one idea for breaking up
Washington's norms. Before the conference began, the moderator had promised to ask candidates to commit to ending all funding for Planned Parenthood. Almost everyone was for it; Huckabee wanted to tie the funding quest to a debt limit vote instead.
No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion
Q: The Mexico City Policy states that as a condition for a foreign organization to receive federal funds, they will neither “perform nor actively promote abortion.” Would you work to apply this Mexico City policy to organizations within the US?
HUCKABEE: Are we being asked to apply a Mexican law to the US?
Q: It’s the principle of not giving our tax dollars to organizations within our country that actively promote or provide abortions. It’s an American law.
BROWNBACK: This is Ronald Reagan’
policy that we wouldn’t use federal funds to support organizations that promote abortions overseas.
HUNTER: It’s actually a UN policy.
KEYES: Actually, it was a policy of the Mexico City Population Conference. I was the deputy chairman. I actually
negotiated the language into the final resolution at that conference.
Q: I want to know, will you defund Planned Parenthood?
Eliminate public funding for abortion organizations
Indicate which principles you support concerning abortion.
Abortion should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 2002
50M abortions a year worldwide is bug business
Since its decriminalization 25 years ago, abortion has grown into a $500-million-a-year industry in the US and an estimated $10-billion-a-year worldwide. Around the globe, more than 120,000 women each day--almost 50 million per year--resort to abortion,
making it the most frequently performed surgical operation. In the US today, 4 out of every 10 children conceived are aborted, which amounts to approximately 4,000 abortions every day.
Abortion is big business. But what is the cost? We can only tally
the lives lost (35 million)--the other effects are almost immeasurable. The medical risks and complications are vastly underreported, so it's hard to be sure of the death/injury toll on mothers who abort. Also, abortion's legal, political,
and cultural entrenchment is evident, if immeasurable, at every level and in every segment of our society. Finally, abortion brutally desensitizes everyone involved to the fundamental reality of the sanctity of life.
Pro-stem cell research but not embryonic stem cells
One of the hot-button political issues has been whether one supports federal funding for stem cell research that involves human embryos. Unfortunately, congressional Democrats painted pro-life forces as being against stem cell research that would save
lives and cure diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes. The fact is, strong pro-life activists support stem cell research and even federal funding of it as long as the stem cells are not obtained from human embryos that were created
specifically for the purpose of their being destroyed in the process of research. Even then the issue was not whether the research could take place but whether federal tax dollars should pay for the very narrow and specific form of stem cell research
that employs the use of human embryos.
Fortunately for all of us, medical science rendered the argument moot: stem cells derived from umbilical cords and other sources have proven to be as viable and advantageous as human embryonic stem cells.