During his appearance on State of the Union, Mike Huckabee was grilled on his anti-abortion position with respect to the young Paraguayan girl who gave birth this weekend after being raped by her stepfather and refused an abortion by the government. Huckabee acknowledged the situation as tragic, but stuck to his guns by saying the answer was not in the taking of a life.
“When I think about one horror, I think about the possibilities that exist and I don’t want to think that somehow we discount a human life,” Huckabee said. He explained his point by discussing an associate of his who was conceived as the result of a rape, but grew up to become an international aid worker.
As Dana Bash, questioned him further about the burden the 10-year-old girl will have to endure for life, Huckabee continued to say that all life has intrinsic value, even in cases of incest and rape. Huckabee conceded that there are no easy answers here, and that he respects the opinions of others on the issue, but that he will not be having any shouting matches about it.
“I think sometimes we miss the fact that when an abortion happens there are two victims,” Huckabee said. “One is the child, the other is that birth mother who often will go through extraordinary guilt years later when she begins to think through what happened with the baby.”
You can watch the segment here:
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