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. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "If you don't want kids, think twice before spreading your legs."

    Actually, you can spread your legs, than use the Morning After pill or get an abortion if you get pregnant and don't want a kid.

    Sorry you're so ignorant about what's legal in this country.

    I'll bet you get all sweaty thinking about forcing women to have babies.

    October 20, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Mark, Lawrence, KS

    Huckabee makes me sick. He should read the writings of our Founding Fathers, specifically those of Jefferson. He might also benefit from reading "The Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine, or maybe he should start by just reading the Constitution. Maybe then he would realize that the United States was not founded as a Christian Nation and hence should not use Christian ideals to formulate legislation.

    October 20, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Kim, Peabody MA

    What a string of Hypocritical Postings by the Liberal Left - Morons!

    It is amusing how the Liberals want to justify the extermination of 126,000 per day, world wide because of extreme cases of Rape and Incest ā€“ which represents less than 0.01% of the total.

    Others complain of that those of faith are trying to enforce their own moral norms on others. That rationale is actually laughable. Remember the group of Senators Ranting in Tears over the abuse of fighting dogs on the senate floor ā€“ yet these same Senators see nothing wrong with ripping an unborn baby from the womb in the name of Choice. They will be judged in accordance to that same standard of judgment when they stand before God.

    Check out the following: http://www.grassoforpresident.com/site/Viewer.aspx?iid=11122&mname=Article&rpid=3861

    Regarding pushing ones views on Morality to the Masses? What about Massachusetts forcing Gay Agenda teachings within the public schools against the will of their parents? Or in the case of Maine giving out birth control to 11 year olds, which if it was done outside the public venue would be considered reckless endangerment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    The liberals on this site are a bunch of deceived, deviant, and morally deprived idiots who futilely attempt to assign some sort of Moral Equivalency to what God has defined as SIN.

    Check out Sin is Sin Articleā€¦

    October 20, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Steve, Lyons, CO

    The "holy word of God" is a myth, and not the law of the land, Mikey.

    Read the Constitution before you run for president.

    October 20, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Tom (Naperville, IL)

    I assume anyone who is claims to be "pro-life" is willing to check a box on their tax forms each year designating that they're pro-life and would therefore like to have an additional % of taxes due to the government in order to support children born into the aforementioned difficult situations?

    This Pro-Life tax would go toward prenatal care, early diapers and food, health care and an education fund.

    PS-Huckabee would be much more credible if he talked about improving adoption rates (for minority children), foster care and reducing unintended pregnancies. In fact, if you did those things not only would we be on the same page, but we'd also actually *reduce* the number of abortions.

    October 20, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Juanito, Washington, DC

    Kevin in Seattle:

    Explain then why abortions are highest in red states.

    Huckabee's attempt to pander to these "values voters" is absurd.

    October 20, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Jill, Hamilton Ontario

    "If you don't want kids, think twice before spreading your legs."
    How about the MAN think twice before unzipping his pants?

    October 20, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Jackie, Grand Canyon, AZ

    If these people REALLY believed that each and every abortion = one murder, they would embrace the opportunity to save lives by funding social programs that address the reasons WHY women terminate pregnancies. Instead, these are the kinds of programs they most like to gut. More would choose adoption if they knew that state child services were well-funded, well-staffed and well-run. And more would keep babies if, instead of an economic dead end, they had options like job training or educational assistance, child care and medical care.

    October 20, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. William Morrissey San Diego CA

    The "christian" Ayotalah Huckabee has spoken. READ THE constitution Mike. If you want to live in a theocracry move to Iran!!!
    If a woman choses to have an abortion, or if two people of the same sex want to marry, or someone wants to not go to church is none of your business and has absolutly no effect on you, or anyone else!! So how about keeping your "beliefs" to yourself.

    October 20, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. George, Urbana, IL

    The best way to prevent unexpected pregnancy is to avoid committing acts that may lead to one.

    Once pregnancy occurs, though, no one has the right to kill that fetus. Period. Conception is the beginning of life. No scientific consensus on that, you say? We should then give the benefit of the doubt to life.

    Women's right to choose? Choose what? Do I have the right to choose to rape a little girl?

    I am pro-choice: I believe the unborn has the right to choose to be alive. I assume that you'd also like everyone to respect your choice to stay alive, too.

    October 20, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Michelle, Portland, OR

    The President takes an oath to uphold the CONSTITUTION, Mike, not the Bible. Next time, pay attention in Civics class.

    October 20, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. THOMAS BILLIS las vegas nv

    Abortion kills unborn people and the favorite sport of these morons kill actual live people.Have you ever seen people die in war crying out for their mothers.As long as you support capital punishment and pre emptive useless wars your postions are inconsistent and irrelevant.I disagree with just about everything the Pope says but on the issue of life I admire the Catholic position on life for being incredibly consistent.

    October 20, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. J.Zimmerman Philadelphia PA

    Did God mean that man should reproduce until we are all starving, or a pan-demic wipes out three quarters of the world population?

    October 20, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Tom, Crystal Lake, Illinois

    I would suggest that individuals who are defending abortion rights under a specious argument concerning freedom should instead purchase a good dictionary and learn the difference between " freedom " and " license. " Please don't support your contemptuous claims concerning abortion rights by citing and, ultimately, distorting freedom's true definition and intent. Typically, abortion rights' supporters, through rhetorical distortion and deception, claim that they are championing freedom when what they really desire is license.

    October 20, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY

    >>>The liberals on this site are a bunch of deceived, deviant, and morally deprived idiots

    Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    You are a sinner and thus a hypocrite. Study the teachings of Jesus Christ. You may learn something about how to treat your fellow man.

    October 20, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Rocco,Wellignton,fl

    Again it is amazing how the party of deregulation has their nose into things that are not their responsibilty. The woman is the one making the choice, it is the woman who needs to make the decision for herself and not have the government controlling every aspect of our lives. I thought Huchabee might have something to offer but I guess I was wrong again. Someday we can only hope the Reps get it back together!

    October 20, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    It is truly frightening what a clueless idiot this guy is.

    What is especially frightening is that some people agree with him.

    October 20, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. nochancedude

    Sieg Heil Huckabee, NOT!

    October 20, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Holocaust is a immolation by burning; while, a 'pogrom' as the mass slaugher of the helpless is the better definition of what occurred in NAZI held territory against those 'perceived' as non-Aryan.

    A 'Slaughter of Innocence' is better for describing an infanticide or death in abortion.

    Abortion is only the horrible event of a miss-carriage.

    October 20, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Christian, Tampa FL

    The fundamentalist interpretation of the Word of God has absolutely no place in politics. There should never, ever be any kind of amendment to the constitution that seeks to alienate part of a the population by restricting marriage.

    As for abortion, it is obviously far too complex an issue to simply slap a label on. There should be national dialog about it, but not if one side or another of the debate is going to get emotional

    October 20, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Otis

    BELIEF-BASED POLICIES should stay in the church and out of the US Government!
    You folks that want to dictate belief-based policies are IN FACT dictating restraint of personal freedom. We do not want a dictator. We want a leader.

    October 20, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Hilary, Rochester NY

    It would make me laugh to see the tooth-and-nail fight for the lives of unborn children in a society that has such obvious contempt for the lives of already-born children, if it weren't so horrible.

    An in-utero child is sacred, but we feel no compunction about failing to stop the deprivation, preventable illnesses, violence, and despair suffered by countless ex-utero children in our country. We scream bloody murder at the idea that our precious tax dollars might be put towards mitigating this disgrace. We excoriate mothers and fathers for being so irresponsible as to have children that are "beyond their means," as if children were second homes or luxury vehicles, after reminding them 100000 times that abortion is murder.

    Screw the contractions. If I were a kid, there's no way you'd be getting me out of that womb after 9 months. I'd dig my heels right into that placenta and Mom would be eating pickles and ice cream for the rest of her life.

    October 20, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Brady lord, Venutia, Mars

    Until a child can live outside its mothers body on its own two feet, it is a parasite, PERIOD. Without armies to build, all this anti abortion propagana would never have emerged. Women are never more likely to be physically victimed by their male partners than when they are pregnant!

    October 20, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Eric Monse, Newark, NY

    Finally people are talking about things like this. It's amazing what is being passed off by the corporate media. – Eric Monse

    October 20, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    One can choose to be celibate, and so abstain from acts of copulation or a mistake in fornication. Beyond that Choice: to act against conscience...

    And Christ did not throw a stone either. By his own words: would he have had the right to?

    Exile is the only punishment, and abortion is allowed in voluntary exile when natures extremes in exposure, dehydration, and starvation cause a miss-carriage.

    October 20, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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