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. Brian, Tulsa, OK

    way to go, Huck. But it's closer to 50 million. 4000 per day....

    October 20, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Mark, Santa Fe, NM

    "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."

    'A voter', if you are delusional enough to believe that ANY of the Dems except for Kucinich or Gravel (who have no chance of winning) are going to do anything but continue and expand the pro-war police state policies of the Bush Administration, you need to stay home on election day.

    Have you even considered Ron Paul, or really looked into what he stands for? Or have you slavishly discounted him because he is a Republican, like a good little partisan Democrat drone?

    October 20, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. SJ, Evansville, Indiana

    Please all be aware of the FACT that abortions will always be performed. Always.

    October 20, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Harry Fisher, LA, CA

    I wish "God" would hurry up and take Huckabee and his ilk to the Rapture, the sooner the better. They would be much happier there, not having to live among us sinners. To Heaven with Huckabee and his Christian pointy-heads!

    October 20, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Chris -Buffalo,NY

    Nice try Mike. The real reason we import so many workers is the same reason the government has turned a blind eye to illegals for decades, it helps keep labor oversupplied and thus holds down real wages. Also, are the deaths of US soldiers and thousands of Iraqi civilians in an illegal and unjust war also not a Holocaust. You guys will do anything to get votes of the one issue voting religious right.

    October 20, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Pedro, Miami FL

    Abortion is a touchy subject but Huckabee has a point here.

    Christians as well as most other people of faith believe that life begins at conception. The American people bought the lie that life begins not at conception, but rather at birth, back in 1973 and even if the Supreme Court one day reverses its ruling, it will take many years for most of us to realize this truth.

    What I like about Huckabee is that he's a humble guy. You don't see him attacking the other candidates. He's a uniter not a divider and he's got the resumé to prove it.

    I think this country has had enough of the Bush-Clinton dynasty. Twenty years is more than enough. We need to bring back hope to this country. Huckabee will get it done!

    October 20, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lee H, Miami, Fl.

    Somebody please do what no one has yet-explain the world where abortion is illegal-but ONLY from a pratical,operational angle. Will women be forced to have children against their will? Will they flee to Canada for the procedure? Every candidate grandstands on the issue but provides so solution. It's getting boring.

    October 20, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. God, Heaven

    A fetus is not a baby, Mikey. That's why I gave them different names.

    October 20, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Todd Moore, Akron, Ohio

    This guy is out of his mind. The most important thing we need to establish in this country is a true separation of church and state, and we're definitely not going to get it with Huckabee. If your reasoning for making a new law or amending the constitution is based on religious grounds then it should be immediately dismissed.

    Abortion is far too circumstantial to be regulated, and why even try? In this day and age, girls are going to get knocked up no matter what, and if you don't believe me, it's obvious that you haven't been inside a high school for a long time.

    Also, why attack the gay people? Changing the constitution is not something you're supposed to do every time you don't agree with other people utilizing their rights to live their lives the way they want to. It was written by very intelligent men and they wrote it for a changing world, and these crazed Republicans should not be allowed to plant these seeds of hate right on one of those most important documents ever produced.

    October 20, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Judith Lander

    Regarding Huckabee's comment "holy word of God".
    Please direct me to the journal where God posted his message.

    October 20, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Greg, New Providence NJ

    Why do people thing liberals are pro-abortion? No one is pro-abortion; who would want a fetus destroyed? Liberals support the right of a woman to choose. I do not support the actual act of abortion, and I think it is wrong, but a woman surely has a right to decide what to do with her body.

    Also, a study was just done that showed abortions are performed just as much in countries where it is illegal. You can't argue with those facts.

    October 20, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Judith Lander

    Regarding Huckabee's "holy word of God"
    Please direct me to the journal where God posted his message

    October 20, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Lester Atlanta, GA

    Isn't it amazing that everyone writing here in support of Huckabee's stand on abortion are GUYS.

    Come on men - admit it – you oppose abortion because that's your way of trying to control women. It has nothing to do with the unborn and everything to do with trying to keep women "in line."

    October 20, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Anonymous, NY

    I, as a Jew, am offended by Mike Huckabee's comments.

    I have posted so 3 times on CNN and it has been deleted each time.

    I am going to keep on posting it, so get your delete finger ready CNN! And then I'll post it again! This would be fun if it wasn't so horrific.

    I had 75% of my family line exterminated and tortured in concentration camps by the Nazis. But oh, I'm SO sorry if I offended the pathetic Republican party's virgin ears.

    October 20, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. rob

    I must admit I liked Huckabee, because he seemed genuine. After this insulting remark, however, not a chance will he ever get my vote. Just another culture-war robot. NEEXTT!

    October 20, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. D Mills Garland, Texas

    If our constitution is amended to his interpretation of religious ideology, then how are we any different as a nation than the religious ideology that we are fighting now? Look at Iran which hanged two teenage boys recently because they were gay and remember the women of Afghanistan and how they were persecuted by their religious society? Is this what we are heading towards as a nation?

    October 20, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Anna, Memphis, Tn

    An objective Truth exists, and each human is able to know it. What humans think,feel and believe have no effect on that Truth, though blessed are they who let that Truth affect them.

    Huckabee is possibly using his morality conveniently for political gain, but perhaps the Truth is using him.

    October 20, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Judtih Lander

    Regarding Huckabee's comparison of abortion to Holocast: Regretfully there is little to no help for one who is mentally constipated.

    October 20, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Kevin, Seattle, WA

    Democrats, hard on fetuses, soft on terrorists. Thank God the majority of this country is conservative and will vote someone like Huckabee or is counterparts into office in 2008.

    I am against government entities telling me I have to wear a seatbelt/helmet, where I can and can't smoke. Should be OUR choices, yes. But abortion is murder, plain and simple. It goes way beyond the "woman's body" and right to choose. If you don't want kids, think twice before spreading your legs.

    October 20, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Herb, Hudson, NH

    Yah sure – than we would have a million more Americans working for minimum wage and a million more Americans without health care.

    October 20, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. DES, Portland, OR

    Huckabee 2008! Due to the hateful pro-abortion comments on this blog, I just contributed another $1000 to Gov. Huckabee. Have a nice life!

    October 20, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. loc-a-yok

    Jed Clampett for President...horray !!!!

    I am SO glad to be pagan....maybe it will be the biggest favor they can do for me at this point...vote Huckleberry in...that way I'll finally get the little (extremely little) extra push I need to check out of this theocratic dictatorship....wonder what Jethro's up to these days?

    October 20, 2007 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Al Cannistraro, Clifton Park, NY

    I don't know the context or the accuracy of this description of what Huckabee said at this event. But if this story proves to be accurate, I'll no longer say that Huckabee is my favorite Republican contender. (I am a liberal Democrat.) I do hope/suspect that he is pandering, rather than speaking authentically. But equating abortion with murder in this concrete fashion is unacceptable to me.

    October 20, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Steve, Lyons,CO

    THere's nothing more irrelevant in the upcoming election than a superstitious wingnut claiming he knows what's best for women.

    Huckabee couldn't get elected if the other candidates all died at once. America is sick of sensationalist religious extremists.

    I love the way the Holocaust is used by far right christians who aren't fond of Jews anyway.

    If men like Huckabee could get pregnant, abortion would be protected by a constitutional amendment.

    October 20, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY

    >>>hard on fetuses, soft on terrorists

    Kevin, you are thoroughly brainwashed. Your "its my choice" except for abortions is totally irrational.

    Hard on fetus'? Do you think Liberals don't have kids? Actually, the fact of the matter is that Dems have done more to protect the health of fetus' in the womb via environmental legislation than any carping over abortion.

    Think of all the stillborn, autistic or otherwise afflicted infants that were born healthy over the last 30 years due to environmental laws. Millions upon millions of babies. And there's STILL a long way to go.

    In fact, your comment about 'smoking anywhere you want' exposes your ignorance on the issue since 2nd hand smoke affects fetus' as badly as if the mother herself was smoking.

    And soft on terrorists? What about OSAMA BIN LADEN? Are we soft on him? Dems have been trying to get Bush to focus on the REAL Al Qaeda for 6 years.

    Seriously, your talking points are pee-poor as they say.

    October 20, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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