October 21st, 2007
08:31 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee likens abortion to a holocaust

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

(CNN)–Speaking before a gathering of Christian conservative voters, GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said legalized abortion in the United States was a holocaust.

"Sometimes we talk about why we're importing so many people in our workforce," the former Arkansas governor said. "It might be for the last 35 years, we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our workforce had we not had the holocaust of liberalized abortion under a flawed Supreme Court ruling in 1973."

Huckabee also spoke adamantly of the need for conservative lawmakers to show no compromise on fighting for a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman. "I'm very tired of hearing people who are unwilling to change the constitution, but seem more than willing to change the holy word of God as it relates to the definition of marriage," he said.

Huckabee, spoke before the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Saturday.

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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. laurinda,ny

    Hucklebee should go right back to Arkansas and worry about his own family. Some of those million people could have turned out to be serial killers too. So that is really an assine thing to say. He apparantly doesn't live in the real world.

    October 20, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Kim, Atlanta GA

    I wish that anyone voting to support abortion would first see the procedure itself. There is so much ignorance about what an abortion really is.

    I saw an abortion on film as a premed student. I watched a living human being torn to pieces. I am ashamed that our country allows over 1 million defenseless human beings to be put to death in this manner every year.

    Any local bookstore has guides to pregnancy available that put the lie to the whole "lump of cells" excuse for abortion. Most abortions are done between 7 and 12 weeks after conception, when a fetus is well developed and capable of feeling pain.

    Most of us wouldn't allow a dog or a death row inmate to be killed the same manner in which an abortion is performed, but yet many voters will condone this kind of death for the unborn. The only difference - we don't have to see the baby being put to death, so we can convienently lie to ourselves.

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee, for standing up for the unborn. You have my vote.

    And to those who don't believe a man has a right to have an opinion on abortion - does that also mean that you have to be a soldier to have an opinion on the Iraq war, or that you have to be a death row inmate to have an opinion on the death penalty? Abortion *does* affect men, and all citizens have a right to an opinion on this matter.

    October 20, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. D.Hunt Austin Texas

    Like our unborn children would do the labored work our imported people do. They do the work because it is there and nobody else is reaching as high as them to get it. They are greatful for it and many American's would never in their life think of doing this sort of work. He has a poor argument and obviously haven't been put in the position to think this way. He is a puppet, like all the politicians are for the companies that pay them.

    October 20, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. Clay W. Texas

    AMEN!!!! Finally, someone to stand for the truth!

    October 20, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Chris, Loomis Ca

    Mike Huckabee is right! He isn't forcing his belief on anyone. Huckabee is stating his convictions and moral code without wavering to what the media wants to hear. Keep up the great work Mike!

    October 20, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Rev. Hank Bates, Palm Springs, CA

    Mr. Huckabee should be careful with his words, marriage between a man and a woman has nothing to do with the "holy word of God" .. but, is instead a man-made idea. Marriage in the Bible had lots to do with "owning property" more so than marriage as we know it in our current culture. His words sound good to Christian Conservatives because most of them cannot differentiate the "word of God" from the "word of religion".

    October 20, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Huckabee's pro-life. Good for him. However, I think the mother should have the final say, not politicians or pro-life debaters. I don't think a woman should be obligated to a child that came about as a result of rape/incest.

    Besides, the human population is exploding out of control. Granted, there'll be a day when this earth and its resources will no longer be able to support the hordes.

    October 20, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. John Chamberlain Sturgis, SD

    What a freak. The earth is over-populated by viral humans, and this idiot believes ,like the pope, that what society needs is more people. Christians (all religions) have always had facts wrong, why would the voice of the evangelicals be as less correct today. They were wrong yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

    October 20, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Jeff, Mckinney Texas

    How is it that in 2007 considering a fetus alive is a “belief” when we all know of beautiful, vibrant children that started out life prematurely at 24 or 25 weeks?

    October 20, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Angela, WPB ,FL

    Why is this guy sooo comfortable with changing the Constitution to align itself with "holy word Of GOD" as he puts it.
    Whose interpretation do we use?? His? The Mormons? The Jehovah's witnesses? The Catholics?? or The Jews, or maybe the Muslims?? There is also some obscure offshoots of Protestants too that have there own interpretation as well as countless others.
    Furthermore, I bet all these Bible Punchers could not definitively say how the Bible was put together either.

    HINT: Nicene Council – they actually took a vote on the nature of Jesus –

    Was he a man or of the same substance as God –

    People actually voted on the nature of God's son and then chose the writings extant at the time that supported their interpretations and rejected others that did not. HMMMM. Go figure.

    October 20, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    I think we can start referring to him as 'ex-candidate Huckabee' now.

    October 20, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. a voter, Washington, DC

    He is just pandering to the radical right. Most people in this country are pro-choice. I am deeply offended that he compares this issue to the holocaust. Despicable.

    Ron Paul is not the answer. Any of the Democratic candidates will do. We get our rights back under the constitution when the Democrats come back into power.

    October 20, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Joe Wilmington, DE

    Gov Huckabee tells it like it is. That is a human being, a person, in the womb. What do you call the slaughter of millions of people? The right of a woman, or her doctor, to kill the baby in her womb should end where/when the life of the baby begins, at conception.

    October 20, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Mark, B'ham, Al.

    the problem with abortion as the left wing nuts demand it is you can get one anytime, any age, at tax payer expense. I am pro-choice to the limit of most of America. The first trimester only, incest and rape, life of the mother, and health for limited reason (permanent disability, treat life threatening disease, or won't be able to have children later). Also I am for Parental Rights/Notification if the girl is under 18 years of age. Also notify the law if it was under age sex with an adult more than 4 years older. As far as Gay Marriage, they can call thier relationship a Civil Union (to get all the same rights) but it should not ever be called a Marriage which is a word taken from religion and should not be associated with what religion calls a sin. But I know the liberal left or the social conservatives are not sensible so this fight will go on for a long time.

    October 20, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Steve

    What exactly does Huckabee mean by this? That should he become President, will he defy the Courts and shut down every clinic in America?

    October 20, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. John M

    Another ignorant comment from a true BubbAmerican. Incredibly ignorant statement.

    October 20, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Mariel Seattle WA

    Huckabee is the logical leader of the Christian right, so why are they still thinking about the "front runners" who are NOT really acceptable? Do they fear Huckabee or others in the second tier who are actually Christian right will not be able to defend America? What do they fear?
    If they want influence, they better get their heads straight.

    October 20, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Pete, Seattle, WA

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    October 20, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. CJ, Catlettsburg, Ky

    Well, here we go again. I suppose when a man is able to conceive a child, carry it for nine months, deliver it, nurture it, and experience the personal sacrifice of a woman and mother, then and ONLY THEN will his opinion have any credibility. Since it takes two to conceive, maybe we should look at the other side of the coin and insist that if a woman must experience an unwanted pregnancy, then perhaps the man who impregnated her should be castrated. If that were the solution, then maybe women would not ever have to face the decision of abortion as I feel quite sure a man would not take the chance if he had to bear the thought of castration!

    October 20, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Art Allard, Vail, Colorado

    But weren't we led to believe that voting Republican (at risk of Catholic excommunication otherwise) during the last two presidential elections would have solved the abortion crisis in America?

    October 20, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Shiggy New York, NY

    I love his quote that all these aborted babies would be in our workforce now.

    Can you imagine? We could have closed our borders. Our immigration problems would be SOLVED because we had no more unwanted babies. Awesome. Huckabee, you rock.

    I wonder if he would have approved of non-aborted GAY babies that wanted to marry each other. Hmmm, someone ask that in the next debate.

    October 20, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. DES, Portland, OR

    I can understand it is sometimes very hard to speak for those who are both powerless and voiceless. But I also believe if you could ask an unborn child who is being aborted how they would describe the act the answer would be one word "murder". If that is true, those who speak in support of unborn abortions are merely offering the motives. Please have mercy.

    October 20, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. David, Atlanta GA

    I don't know about the immigration idea but it has been a holocaust and on a much bigger scale than his statement makes is sound. It has been over 1 million pregnancies per year or over 35 million abortions since Roe v Wade. It's about 1 in 4 pregnancies are aborted so I don't want to hear about the miniscule rape/incest thing. It is being used for birth control and that is just dead wrong. I'm glad I was born before 1973.

    October 20, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Huckabee, we like you. BUT, Giuliani will most likely win the Republican nomination by default. Most decent Republicans will just stay home for the primaries out of disgust. CAN you honestly picture this Giuliani with his finger on the United States Nuclear arsenal? He put NY’s Command Response center IN the World Trade Center Buildings AFTER they were already attack in the 90’s. With NO improved communications between Emergency Response personnel. Certain actions automatically disqualify you as President. That’s like moving The Pentagon to Baghdad, then being surprised it was attacked. And then you realize you have no place to Coordinate Command functions from. DAH!!
    THAT is why the Republicans are lashing out at Hillary. They hope the Democrats are so dumb as to choose her to be their opponent. Why? Because they know they can beat her. Even with Giuliani and all his baggage. It will be the battle or the baggage and misstep in judgments. That is more reason for the Democrats to look for another candidate. Obama08

    October 20, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Linda DL, St. Louis, MO

    I hope the US is sick and tired of the GOP and elects the Dems. The GOP will remove all the hard fought rights for women. This is my body and no lawmaker is going to tell me what I can or cannot do with it. It's between me and my God.

    October 20, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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