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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