President Huckabee would literally wage war on women who seek abortions

For years now, Republicans have bristled at claims that they’re waging a “war on women.” It’s unfair, they say, that Democrats have described their attempts at mandating invasive trans-vaginal ultrasounds, opposition to equal pay, questioning of the legitimacy of rapes, etc. as a “war.” To them, that isn’t a “war,” that’s “family values.”

But on Friday, Mike Huckabee dropped any semblance of euphemism, ratcheting up the war to explicitly militaristic terms. From the Topeka Capital Journal:

In response to a question from the audience at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, Huckabee said he would “invoke the Fifth 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 his next stop, in Rockwell City, Huckabee answered follow-up questions from the correspondent, saying: “All American citizens should be protected.”

Asked by another reporter how he would stop abortion, and whether this would mean using the FBI or federal forces to accomplish this, Huckabee replied: “We’ll see, if I get to be president.”

Huckabee’s comments were a followup to his previous day’s comparison between abortion and Benghazi, which he made because he’s only got a few days left to qualify for the debate on Thursday, and because of course he did:

That right there is a Republican candidate for president of the United States proposing to put armed guards in women’s uteri with a shoot to kill order for any doctors who dare attempt to terminate pregnancies at the request of the women in question. That would be, by definition, a war on women and their reproductive rights.

Mike Huckabee, via Wikimedia Commons

Mike Huckabee, via Wikimedia Commons

To be clear, Huckabee is saying these kinds of ridiculously offensive things because he’s desperate for attention. And his comments are coming in the context of a broader campaign Republicans are currently waging against Planned Parenthood and broader abortion rights — a campaign based on doctored evidence and patently false claims about where federal funds are currently being appropriated.

But with Donald Trump sucking up so much news coverage, the bar for getting the media’s — and Republican primary voters’ — attention has been raised. Raised to the point at which Mike Huckabee feels the need to compare Obama to Hitler and not-so-subtlely condone violence against abortion providers.

Raised past the point at which the Republican Party can rebrand itself back to respectability.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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26 Responses to “President Huckabee would literally wage war on women who seek abortions”

  1. ComradeRutherford says:

    I stand corrected!

  2. cleos_mom says:

    Nonono. Women are “The Womb”. And “uterus” is a dirty word.

  3. cleos_mom says:

    Or at least learned to read.

  4. Midge Baker says:

    Yeah, right. He’s going to send our one million troops to fight our 160 million women. Good luck with that.

  5. BeccaM says:

    Welcome to New Gilead.

  6. ComradeRutherford says:

    RCC: Royal Catholic Church…

  7. ComradeRutherford says:

    A fetus can feel pain, but magically they don’t when male babies have their genitals mutilated at birth.

  8. ComradeRutherford says:

    You are missing one very important distinction: According to Conservatism, women are not human beings, only men are. Women are property.

  9. ComradeRutherford says:

    Every woman who even mentions abortion will be arrested by the FBI and half in confinement until their unwanted baby is born and given away to an extremist, fundamentalist family, then the woman will be jailed for the rest of her life – in a for-profit prison, naturally – for Attempted Murder.

    Only when women have no rights will America be Free again!

  10. Indigo says:

    That could be. Disappoint to think so, though.

  11. Indigo says:

    The media dropped it like a hot potato once somebody actually read it but they had a hand in creating hype which, it turned out, did not apply to the content of the encyclical. It was a satisfactory compilation of issues related to ecological concerns, that much was fine, but wow! how he managed to tie everything to fetus worship was an astonishing display of red herrings and leaps of logic based on nothing more substantial than archaic fertility cult superstitions. It turned out to be bizarre. And that’s too bad; there goes an important topic down the drain.

  12. nicho says:

    The encyclical is 95 percent hype — as is Francis.

  13. nicho says:

    The real question is whether Trump is human.

  14. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… the anti-woman nature of the Republican party is evident, as is their eliminationist language, particularly the crap Huckabee is spewing.

    But consider this: Mike Huckabee is clearly open to the idea of imposing martial law if he were elected president. Any notion of him respecting America’s three-branch constitutional system of government can be dismissed.

    Imagine the very notion of Mike Huckabee ordering U.S. troops to force women to stay pregnant.

    Y’know, many of you see what he’s saying and are dismayed by the prospect of him using the language of literal war. What I see is a man who pretty clearly views fertilized eggs and non-viable fetuses as human beings — but not girls or women.

  15. 2karmanot says:

    But is that thing on Trump’s head human?

  16. Doug105 says:

    I suppose its as good as we can expect from the RCC.

  17. 2karmanot says:

    Thanks for bringing attention to the re-birth of the Wig Party! :-)

  18. Indigo says:

    I maintain that a fetus is not viable in the American Corporate Economy until it’s graduated from college and held the same job for at least a year.

  19. Indigo says:

    I thought so too until I started reading the ecology encyclical. He discredits the entire thesis by tying it explicitly to the anti-abortion policy of the Roman (actually Mythraic) Church.

  20. nicho says:

    Well, it has human DNA, which makes it human. it doesn’t acquire human DNA at birth, But then, they hair you leave on the floor in the barber shop has human DNA too — and I hope no one claims American citizenship for that.

  21. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, physically speaking, it’s fetal tissue that is part of another human being. Once born, it is a human and then a citizen.

    Anchor Fetuses – what a concept, eh?

  22. Doug105 says:

    Funny how fast they switch him using his views to telling him to stay out of politics.

  23. nicho says:

    No one ever said that embryonic or fetal tissue isn’t human. That would be ridiculous. The question is whether it’s a person. So, he’s using science — incorrectly — against a poorly built straw man.

    Also, he claims that fetal tissue is an American citizen, which is just patently ridiculous. The Constitution requires birth for citizenship.

    But if it were true that conception does entail citizenship, that takes the issue of anchor babies to a whole new level. All a foreign couple has to do is take a little vacation to the US, conceive a baby, and voila — a new citizen. That don’t even have to hang around to have it born here. That will make the anti-immigrant crowd happy.

  24. Indigo says:

    If only the candidates from the Party of Extremes would put on their red clown noses, it’d be so much easier to get what they’re saying. The translation of all this ranting seems to come down to the same two talking points: 1. I need attention, 2. I want money. With the exception of The Narcissist and his wig, that’s all they’ve said so far. The Narcissist needs the attention but he’s good for the money. Maybe he can buy the White House. Worse things have happened to the White House. For example, our British “cousins” (as they sycophants like to phrase it) burned it down in 1812.

  25. Indigo says:

    Scientific? The Pope said so there you are. All neatly muddied up and ready for the media.

  26. The_Fixer says:

    One line of Huckleberry’s story stood out to me (not that the other stuff is to be dismissed):

    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.

    It stood out for me for two reasons. One is that he only uses science (even if he is completely wrong on his interpretation, or fabrication, however you want to look at it) when it is convenient for him to do so.

    I think it’s a fabrication. Scott Walker has also lied about this. In his comments on the bill he recently signed in Wisconsin limiting abortions to less than 20 weeks since conception, he stated that fetuses can feel pain at 21 weeks. Science has said no such thing. I believe it is 27 or 28 weeks that a fetus can feel pain.

    This is the new talking point advanced by Republicans, and it’s wrong. But that never stopped them from continuing to spout off, and being wrong in the process.

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