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. Jennifer Chenault, East Lansing, Michigan

    This man needs to drop out of the race right now. For an educated former governor to equate abortion with the heinous killing of 6 million LIVING AND BREATHING jews is ludicrous. People should not have to read this stuff that these morons keep throwing out there. If he doesn't believe in abortion, fine, he should work to make it rare by funding better forms of birth control, cutting the insane waiting times (and costs) of adoption and other things that help empower women. He is doing NOTHING good by saying that abortion is equal to the holocaust. This man truly is flawed.

    Let's say goodbye to him soon and tell him to not let the door hit him in the behind on the way out. These GOP presidential wanna be's are getting more loony by the day. Rudy is the ONLY one who has any hope. He's the only normal man running right now.

    October 20, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Bruce, Ft Lauderdale FL

    The US is exporting high-tech devices that are being used to determine gender of babies in China and India, where parents abort baby girls in favor of having boys. Instead of a 50-50 gender distribution, it is 1000 boys to 800 girls. The US high-tech industry is responsible for mass abortions in these countries. What would Mr Huckabee say about this business? Do you own any GE stock, Mr Huckabee?

    October 20, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    First of all, I have known a 12 year old girl become pregnant through rape. It is not pretty or fair. Should the law FORCE her to go through 9 months of torture also!
    Second, it was the Cristian Right Conservatives that got up Bush for president. So they like to do the killing in other countries.
    Third, we are going to send who, into the 100 degrees fields to bend over all day and pick our crops!
    Huckabee is another version of BUSH!
    It is quite clear that he is dangerous to all.

    October 20, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Nathan, Radford, VA

    Abortions have nothing to do with importing a workforce. Abortions are need for people not ready to be responsible for another life. Could it be that we import a workforce in order to have someone to do the jobs that we as middle class Americans do not want to do? Everybody wants to be middle class, the truth is not everyone will be.

    October 20, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Matt, Denver Colorado

    All of these great remarks brought to you by the folks that irrationally believe "abstinance only" education is ACTUALLY education.

    It is irrational to want a utopia in which people ONLY have sex for procreation. The true way to end abortion is through education. Even pro-choice advocates would tell you that they would like to see abortion ended, ended because it is no longer requested due to the fact that people are informed and have access to contraception. It is simply amazing that the religious-right not only believe in making abortion illigal, but ALSO typicaly disagree with making contraception readily available. This thinking is simply irrational and rediculous.

    Believing that preaching abstinance only in Africa will macically stop the spread AIDS is also rediculous. Please join the real world where rational thought reigns. The utopian, theocratic world you want will never exist, it cannot because no matter what you try to force people to believe, irrationality will always lose in the long run.

    Here lies Mike Huckabees campaign, aborted on October 20'th 2007, the poor thing never even had a chance to lose to the Democrats:(

    October 20, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    I agree with all of Jennifer in Michigan's points except one......Guliani is "normal"? Three wives, adult children that don't speak to him and instead support his opponents, cross-dresser, has his newest wife call him on his cell phone as he gives speeches so he can "prove" he is a family man, ignored pleadings of the NY fire and police departments after the 1993 WTC attacks for improved communications systems, ignored them only to have hundreds die needlessly on 9-11, obsessively portray himself AS a 9-11 hero? If that is "normal", then George Bush is an intelligent, well-spoken, empathetic, and keenly insightful human being that has done wonders to improve and empower and protect America.

    October 20, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. Steve Sumter, SC

    It is said a woman can do what ever she wants with her body and I agree HOWEVER, A BABY is not a part of a woman's body! How many woman have 2 heads, four lungs, 2 hearts, 4 fours and four ears? Is it because the woman is nurturing the BABY which is a developing and seperate indivual? I think so! I am sure you all know the Christian argument by now! If we can save whales, surely we can save BABIES!

    October 20, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Jonathan Hattiesburg, MS

    Once again, I could not disagree more with this man's views. But, he still strikes me as more 'real' than any other Republican in this race. And that is why I support him over any other GOP candidate.

    Go Huckabee!

    October 20, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. Tim,York,PA

    This summit was about family values and moral principles.A message we all need to re-evaluate in our lives.I believe Mike Huckabee's comment
    "holocaust of liberalized abortion" was not intended to offend anyone in the Jewish community.The word holocaust,if you look it up in the dictionary(;destruction or slaughter on a mass scale.)was meant to show the scale of potential lives discarded.Alot of you that leave comments claim that your superior then those that have faith and believe in GOD,maybe your FEAR is Mike's message is starting to resinate with alot of people.I LIKE MIKE!

    October 20, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. josh

    Millions of lives. Dying with out a chance. It sort of is like the holocust.

    I wonder how many Albert Einsteins have been murdered during the past 35 years. We may have even been able to find a cure for AIDS.

    I'm glad my mom was against abortion.

    October 20, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Karo, Brownsville, Texas

    Dear Wolfe:

    I think more casualties have been the victims of the American holocaust of global warming, and the slaughter in Iraq caused by no control of government under republican administrations, destroying planet earth, than the legal rights of free women in the United States, with the right to make their own medical decisions in this country.

    October 20, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Joel, Grand Rapids, MI

    His holocaust statement is right on the money. With all due respect to Jewish people, the killing of millions of not-yet-born babies IS murder on the same level of the holocaust. The arguement that making abortion illegal won't stop abortions misses the bigger point. Just because people will still continue to seek out abortions doesn't make it moral to have them. Our laws aren't shaped on what people are likely to do, but on what they ought to do.

    Keep to your convictions, Mike. I'll vote for you.

    October 20, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Howard, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Mike Huckabee associates the legalization of abortion with a shortage of people in the workforce. Interestingly, the legalization of abortion is also associated with declining crime rates. That connection between higher abortion and lower crime is just as strong or as weak as the connection between higher abortion and smaller workforce.

    Mike Huckabee could have also said "...we have aborted more than a million people who would have otherwise been become criminals..."

    Think about it before you get disgusted by that notion. Pregnancies are often unwanted because parents do not have the support or the resources to raise the child. When children are brought up under those trying, difficult, perhaps dysfunctional circumstances, their odds of becoming criminals increase.

    And please, before anyone starts, I am not even remotely suggesting that abortion should be used like a crime prevention policy like your neighborhood watch.

    Bottomline is, Mike Huckabee has no idea how all those pregnancies would have turned out if they were not aborted. Sure, they could have become part of the workforce, or Nobel Prize winners, but they also could have become criminals. There are factors that favor each... how much you weigh each factor is up to you.

    October 20, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  14. Lillz, US

    Well Mike, I am sick of politicians who can not seem to understand the concept of seperation of church and state. Or that THEIR God is not everyone elses. Or who dictate what a woman should do with their body when they don't have a uterus AND their party president veto's health care for those millions of kids NOT aborted.

    October 20, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    The Republicans have had the opportunity, time after time, to make abortion illegal and have not done so. Why? Because they would lose one of their hot ticket items when election season rolls around. Maybe a few of the smarter ones also realize what a can of worms would be opened if life was legally defined as beginning at conception. Smoking, eating junk food, taking drugs, driving too fast or not wearing a seatbelt, failing to get regular checkups, and not taking pre-natal vitamins could be considered felony child endangerment. Are we really willing to fill our prisons with pregnant women with bad habits?
    Abortion is not an answer, but for many it is the only option. As so many in this blog have said – if you are so opposed to abortion, then put your money and time where your mouth is and eliminate the reasons.
    A word of advice to those who are so rabidly anti-abortion – give yourself some credibility and list all the things you've been doing to help the children already in this world. How many children have you adopted? Do you tutor disadvantaged children? Are you a Big Brother or Sister? Do you volunteer to be a coach for organized Little League sports? How about CASA? Are you a Girl Scout or Boy Scout leader? Do you volunteer to read to students in the schools during Read Across America week? Do you serve meals at the local homeless shelter? Where do your charity dollars go? To organizations that make things better for children. Show me your talk is not just empty words, and maybe I'll listen.

    October 20, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. Sylvie Ottawa Ontario

    I'm so glad I live in Canada. I don't have to worry about the zealots like this idiot.

    October 20, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Daniel, Lawrenceburg, KY

    I couldn't agree more with what Huckabee said here. As the only one willing to take a firm stand on these issues, he is clearly the best choice for the Republican nomination.

    October 20, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  18. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY

    >>>With all due respect to Jewish people, the killing of millions of not-yet-born babies IS murder on the same level of the holocaust.

    WHAT??? Yeah, ok. It's exactly the same as rounding up 6 million men, women and children living their normal workaday lives in countries all around Europe, herding them into trains, carting them off, separating children from parents never to see them again, stripping them naked, forcing 10 year old boys to dig mass graves, starving millions of people down to skeletons and then gassing them with toxic vapors by the MILLION.

    Exactly the same as terminating an unwanted pregnancy of a fetus that has frickin GILL SLITS and a tail.

    EXACTLY the same. GREAT observation.

    Your comments, sir, are an insult to human dignity.

    >>>HOWEVER, A BABY is not a part of a woman's body!

    Ok, STEVE. It just is an EGG produced by a woman, fertilized inside her body, it grows inside her body attached to the walls of her uterus and then becomes a fetus of her own flesh and blood ATTACHED to her body by umbilical cord, fed by her sustenance and deriving oxygen from her blood.

    If that is not "part of her body" then WTF is?

    Jeezus the Christian Right is COMPLETELY out to lunch. It would actually be hilarious if your statements and theories weren't so insulting. So horrible the things you people say. So horrible.

    October 20, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Jay, Washington, DC

    Anna is right on the money. The GOP uses abortion and, if truth be told, probably has no more interest in ending it than the Democrats–the exception being that the Democrats are honest about it. Think about it: From 2000-2006, there was been a conservative President, Supreme Court and Congress. What an opportunity to pass or move on all those constitutional amendments they ran campaigns on since 1980: gay Marriage; abortion; flag nurning; prayer in schools; balanced budget, or to pass term limits or the line item veto. THEY DID NOTHING. I suspect, on abortion, that the truth is that the GOP leadership has accepted Roe v. Wade. I mean, think about it. If you ban abortion, you then have the duty to enforce that law. Unless you outlaw all abortion - no exceptions–which is a very minority view, you will have to allow it for the mother's health or safety. Who makes that call? The President? Congress? A special Federal abortion appeals court? A panel of religious leaders? Or, as the Democrats would argue–the woman and her doctor? Besides, if abortion is a crime, you not only have to charge the doctor, but the pregnant woman–don't you? Is this not murder for hire? No politician of either party wants to get into a situation where a pregnant woman is filmed being marched in for arraignment with a coat over her head.

    October 20, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Daniel

    Jindal is the new Louisiana Governor.

    October 21, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  21. Akbar Ali, Pasadena. CA

    Surprise, surprise, a former pastor and republican presidential candidate does not understand science.

    Huckabee, like more than a few pro-lifers, seems totally unaware of the fact that most embryos are aborted naturally and that every women who gives birth has had at least one spontaneous abortion. It's a little known fact that between 60 and 80% of all embryos which could potentially become human beings are aborted naturally before they every have the chance to come to term. An embryo developing to term is the exception rather than the norm and, if one follows the logic that an embryo equals a human being, then Mother Nature kills off 60 to 80% of all human life every year, which is certainly a laughable claim. It's simply nature's way of controlling overpopulation and proof that evolution is a REAL.

    So, Huckabee, either take a science class or keep your regressive, illiterate misogyny to yourself.

    It's a pity- he seems like a nice guy, but clearly he has littel idea of what he's talking about.

    October 21, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  22. Chuck S., Pendelton, OR

    The US Constitution did not create or envision a theocracy here, nor should it do so now. America is a diverse, multifaith country. Those that want or think otherwise are both out of touch with reality and/or want to force others to be what they are. Sorry state of affairs for such a great nation in 2007. Intolerance and lack of true religious compassion and understanding is on the rise. Beware.

    October 21, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  23. Linda - Albany, NY

    Anna, Woodbridge, VA:

    Well said, lady...well said!

    October 21, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. Jamie Philadelphia, PA

    Dear self-righteous, civil rights hating, ignorant, war-loving, hate-criming conservatives:

    Your God is your God. Nobody wants to take that away from you. Stop trying to take away our human rights.
    And furthermore, aren't there more important reasons to vote for a president than just abortion?? You guys get duped by all of these candidates promising you these overturns of civil rights.... What about the REAL issues? Why don't you care about the children and their education AFTER birth? The War? The poverty level and unemployment level and lack of healthcare in this country? Get a clue... They are using you for votes. Be sheep...
    I am an EX catholic. I live a good life and am a good person. What do you do? Condemn people? Wake up people... wake up. I don't know about your religious schooling, but where I learned about God, I was taught the God loves everyone. So why can't you?

    October 21, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  25. Lee NYC

    Huckabee has lost his mind, with that comment, maybe he ought to be locked up with that comment.

    October 21, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
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