Mike Huckabee doesn’t just go to extremes. He lives there.
During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Mike Huckabee was asked about “Mainumby,” a ten-year-old Paraguayan girl who became pregnant after she was raped by her stepfather. The girl, whose name is a pseudonym, was denied an abortion and forced to carry the baby to term, despite objections from medical experts.
When CNN host Dana Bash asked Huckabee if he would have allowed Mainumby to have an abortion, Huckabee responded with a stock answer: “Does it solve the problem by taking the life of an innocent child?”
Bash then asked Huckabee if it would be easy “looking in the eyes of a 10-year-old girl and saying, ‘You had a horrible thing happen to you, and you’re going to…carry it out for the next nine months.’”
Huckabee responded: “No, it isn’t easy. I wouldn’t pretend it’s anything other than a terrible tragedy. But let’s not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life.”
His rationale for such a decision is two-fold Huckabee explained, it protects both fetus and mother: “There are two victims. 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, with her. And again, there are no easy answers here.”
Mr. Huckabee and people who believe in this hard-core “pro-life” stance are just as guilty of criminal child molestation as the one who actually raped the 10-year-old girl, and they are facilitating further acts of violence by negligence.
How can anyone say that this kind of torture for both the mother and the child is any kind of “life”?
The only good news to come from this — and it’s cold comfort to the victims — is that Mike Huckabee will never be president and he can go back to hanging out with Ted Nugent and playing with his home lobotomy kit.