Mike Huckabee Open to Use of Federal Troops to Stop Abortions


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Amidst conservative outrage over a series of undercover videos shot at Planned Parenthood clinics, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee announced during an Iowa campaign stop on Thursday that he would not rule out the use of federal troops and the FBI to stop American women from receiving abortions.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports:

In response to a question from the audience at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, Huckabee said he would “invoke the 5th and 14th amendments for the protection of every human being.”

Both amendments contain due process protections against depriving people of life without due process of law.

“Would that be a huge controversy?” the former Arkansas governor asked. “Yes.”

But he argued that scientific advancements have now verified that unborn babies are human beings — information he said wasn’t necessarily available when the Supreme Court issued its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said at the event, where a Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent was present.

At a stop later in the day, Huckabee answered a specific question about the use of troops and the FBI by saying, “We’ll see if I get to be president.”

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Evidently, that question came courtesy of Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi:

Taibbi later elaborated on Huckabee’s argument:

[h/t Huffington Post]
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