October 21st, 2007
08:31 AM ET
11 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. M. Hoffman, Shawano WI

    I agree with Huckabee, but I also disagree with him.

    I belive that abortion is murder and murder is wrong, no matter how old or young the person in question happens to be. I can understand how, in some special sucumstances (i.e. rape, or risk to the mother's life), abortion may be a possible solution to the problem, but for women, especially young women like myself, to use murdering a living being as a form of birth control is wrong. Abortion is legal up untill the end of the second trimester, during wich time the baby can move, open its eyes, and has a noticeable heartbeat.

    As for gay marrige, when our country was first established, wasn't it increadibly important to our forfathers that we would have the luxury of freedom of religion and, most importantly to this issue, seperation of church and state. Now, what I seem to be noticing is this: eveybody who opposes gay marrige opposes it for not political, but religious reasons. Outlawing gay marrige, weather it be a state or a constitutional ammentdment, violates the rights given to us in the constitution. I find it hard to belive that the Supreem Cort hasnt yet realized that.

    Outlaw murder, but don't let politions tell us who to love.

    October 20, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Remy, Titusville, Florida

    One million more people in the workforce, huh? What about those who would have ended up in jail, died by OD or other forms of suicide? Given all that loving care that this society has in store for unwanted children, there would not be too many left by now. And that, Mr. Huckabee, is what I call a Holocaust.

    October 20, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Michael Gross, Portland, OR


    October 20, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Kate, Long Island, NY

    It it is truly a holocaust, then why has Huckabee remained in politics and done nothing about it? Why is he not fighting for paid maternity leave? Why is he not fighting to make all children healthy and safe, regardless of what income class they're in?

    Holocaust? And you've done nothing? I think you don't even believe your own words.

    Pandering at its worst.

    October 20, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. MikePost, Bosie, Idaho

    Huckabee dosen't know what he is talking about: the Bible in several places defines marriage as between one man and SEVERAL women!
    If gays get married, that's a good thing and dosen't effect my marriage one bit.

    October 20, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Alex Ezell, Franklin, TN

    If this guy is elected president, I will move out of this country. Clearly, his vision of America and mine are completely incompatible. So, if the majority of American people think like this and elect him, then they can just have this place.

    October 20, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Neil, Washington DC

    He's absolutely right on this one, and no amount of false characterization of him as a theocrat changes the facts.

    October 20, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Dr. Avey, Ellensburg, WA

    After reading the comments on this article, it is clear to me that few are addressing the logic here which is actually quite sound. Whether you support or do not support abortion, the logic of both the Holocaust AND abortion is the same...that is, to eliminate human life for the sake of convenience. In both cases, a human life is inconveniencing a person with the power to end it. Therefore, whether your support or do not support abortion rights, Huckabee's logic in the analogy (although I don't know if he meant it this way) is quite sound.

    October 20, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Angela, WPB, FL

    Huckabee has a better chance of becoming a TV Evangelist than a President.
    He needs consider that seriously and drop the bid for President.

    October 20, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Joan, Prescott, AZ

    I agree with what timothy said,

    "Mike Huckabee likening abortion to the Holocaust is a slap in the face to every human soul who perished under Hitler."

    October 20, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Eileen Warner, Acworth,

    Bravo, the Catholic Church has been saying this for years. A mother's womb should be the safest place for a soul, but it is a battlefield. Did anyone ever think of why we don't have any genius's anymore? When you abort a third of your population you are possibly aborting someone God sent us to save us or give us something special like Eienstein. There has never been a holocaust like this in all of history and we are all going to pay.

    October 20, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. L. De Witt, Montreal, Quebec

    Western women with access to contraception tend to have the number of babies they want to have – having an abortion does not seem to have any relationship to the total number of children a woman will have in her lifetime. The number of children that women have is tied, instead, to economic and social factors, and the low birthrate in western societies is much more likely to be due to things like both parents having to work, and the availablity of good, affordable childcare. Also, as chidren grow, with governments opting out of funding so many things that are seen as luxuries, like sports, music, drama and field trips, parents find that their children seem to be viewed as burdens to society and not resources for society. If we want the birthrate to increase, we have to make room in society for children and young adults.

    October 20, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. RuthieM

    Well neither the Constitution need be changed nor the Holy Bible. Anyone wanting to change it, it's their problem, and only they will answer to God. But NOBODY can change God's true Word anyway. The Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman but why should marriage, as is defined by God, be in the Constitution? It shouldn't be. People are going to do what they want anyhow. As long as God defines what marriage is and if one believes in what God says, then that's that. Why should a woman's right to choose be taken away by the courts? It shouldn't be. Though the Bible says no abortion, God also defends a woman's right to choose over her own body, knowing in that choice there are consequences. But the 'choice' should be defended, like all of our choices, our freedoms. Yes, many fetuses have been killed in time. But one thing that's always puzzled me was why do Republicans become outraged over pro-choice but not get outraged over our many soldiers dying needlessly from Bush's Iraq war or any illegal immoral war? I think abortion is between the woman and God. We are all born with the stamp of a conscience on our foreheads - we all can 'choose'. We choose good or we choose evil and in that choosing there are consequences for which we then reap the good or suffer the bad. But God Himself tells us this. So for the courts to make up laws dealing with very personal decisions pertaining to our own body such as abortion and marriage, I think is wrong. For a political party to play God I think is wrong. We ourselves must choose the right thing according to the Word of God, if we believe, and if we choose not to, it is us alone who must suffer whatever consequences. The Republicans, who 'preach' and run on 'party values', 'conservatism', and do another behind closed doors are hypocritical. They want to play God, when God Himself gives us 'choices'. I like Huckabee but him being a Baptist preacher knows that you teach the Word of God and not try to put His Word or his word into the Constitution.

    October 20, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Jim, Calumet City, Illinois

    Once again, proof, any idiot can run for president!

    October 20, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Paul, Seattle, Washington

    Huckleberry is desperately pandering in the worst way, trying to appeal to the freaks and kooks who would take the United States back to the 1950's (and yes, there are plenty of people in the United States who miss the 1950's). This is Huckleberry's only hope in remaining in the Republican race, and it is sad. For most of us, the political lines are drawn, and they are clear, and they will not go away anytime soon. Republican hopefuls such as Huckleberry hunger for the conservative, hard-right, religious vote, and in doing so risk the perpetual loss of support of the following: women (and men) who support a woman's right to choose, non-homophobes, minorities (primarily hispanics, blacks), and any "independent" who doesn't wish to subordinate the Constitution to the Bible (frankly I have a Bible, and so I don't need one in my Constitution). Good luck Huckleberry, and all of those who think as you do. Frankly, I want the Republicans to keep pushing this platform as hard as they can, as it will help to consign them to the dust-bin of history, (where even their fake friends in the clouds won't be able to help them).

    October 20, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Ed NC

    Abortion is murder.

    October 20, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Zievfret Heiligenstein New York, NY

    The real holocaust happens in November, 2008, when America aborts the Republican party at the voting booth.

    October 20, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. Michael Newman, Charleston, SC

    Comparing abortion in America to the Holocust in Euorop, trivilzes the murder of over 6,000,000 people in less than 4 years.

    October 20, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Scott, St. Louis, MO

    I'm glad Republican candidates shoot their mouths off like this (i.e. Pat Buchanan back in the 90s). It all but assures Democratic victories.

    October 20, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Mickey Jackson, Tucson, AZ

    Thank God a candidate is willing to call it like it is. I would like nothing more to vote for a Democratic candidate in '08 – God knows the GOP deserves a good thumping – but the issue of legalized infanticide trumps all. Too bad Huckabee will never win.

    October 20, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. David Los Angeles, California

    Another pandering politician who clearly sits on his brains.

    October 20, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Michael - Gallatin, TB

    Huckabee's latest Christian fundamentalist rantings are nothing new. He has been an unapologetic advocate for making the Constitution submissive to a fundamentalist interpretation of the bible during his entire public life. If we should have leaqrned anything from Taliban rule in Afghanistan and the action of fundamentalist on 9/11, religious fundamentalism of any sort is the enemy of independent thought, free will, and freedom itself.

    October 20, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Why is it that so-called "Right to life" folks SO cherish a multi-cell embryo, but once one is born into this world and you happen to be a US soldier sent to die in a war based on lies and greed, or if you happen to be one of the one MILLION Iraqi women, children or men killed by that illegal and immoral war, you are just plain "S.O.L"? It seems that "life is sacred" to these folks ONLY when it is still in the womb....after that, you are fair game. It would be interesting to hear Jesus's take on these modern Pharisees so busy trying to govern everyone else's lives while ignoring the logs in their own eyes.

    October 20, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Alex- NJ

    Say goodbye to Huckabee's chances of winning anything.

    October 20, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Michelle, Philadelphia, PA

    So much for "Mr. Nice Guy."

    And by the way, Guv, it's not about "changing" the word of God. It's about the fact that the "word of God" is not the law of this land. Reason being that different religions have different notions about what the word of God actually is. And so, you might recall, Guv, the Founding Fathers said our government would not preference one religion over another. And that includes one religion's view of what the "word of God" is.

    Scary, scary that these radical theocrats are still in power and looking for more. And Melanie Morgan is worried about how I'll look in a burka? Honey, a theocracy is closer to home than that. Open your eye. This is scary, scary stuff people.

    October 20, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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