Huckabee: ‘Life Is Precious’ — Except For These 16 (VIDEO)

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee appeared on CNN’s State Of the Union on August 16, where he weighed in on the case of a 10-year-old Paraguayan girl who was raped, and subsequently denied an abortion.

Huckabee tells host Dana Bash that the rape of a little girl is terrible, but, he asks, “Does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child?” What about the life of the 10-year-old, who is also “an innocent child,” governor? Her life is potentially ruined by being forced to carry a child conceived by rape. Not to mention that because she is so young, being pregnant could potentially put her life at risk.

UNICEF says that girls who become pregnant before age 15 are at a higher risk for “eclampsia (seizures), anemia, postpartum hemorrhage and puerperal endometritis (uterine infection).” But never mind that this girl already has a life; one that isn’t totally dependent on a living human being to sustain it. We must protect the fetus, no matter what!

Huckabee has talked before about what he calls a “culture of life.” In his book, Do The Right Thing, he says,

Historically, America has been a culture of life — but in today’s debates, the issue is often obscured by the debate about abortion… But the culture of life is so much more.

He’s partially right. The culture of life is about much more than abortion. Benedictine nun Joan Chittister would agree with him on that. A few weeks ago, Chittister criticized so-called “pro-life” politicians, and others, saying that just being anti-abortion wasn’t enough to make you “pro-life.” But to say that the country that has a record of being involved in wars for much of its history, and one where in many areas citizens are still put to death for crimes, has a historic “culture of life?” Please.

Huckabee tells Bash,

I just come down on the side that life is precious, that every life has worth and value. I don’t think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being.

That sounds all nice and warm and fuzzy, until you look at Huckabee’s record as governor of Arkansas. When he held that office, he didn’t seem to think that every life is sacred, at least not the ones of death row prisoners. Huckabee took office following the resignation of Governor Jim Guy Tucker, on July 15, 1996. On August 8 of that year, William Frank Parker was executed. That was the first of 16 executions that took place in Arkansas while Huckabee was governor.

So, what does mister “every life has worth and value” have to say about executing 16 people in 10.5 years as governor? This is what he said during a 2007 Republican presidential forum:

I probably dislike the death penalty more than anybody on this stage, but for a very different reason. I’ve actually had to carry it out, more than any governor in my state’s history. I had to carry out the death penalty because that was my job. I did it because I believed, after reading every page of every transcript and everything in that file, it was the only conclusion we could come to.

“Calling it your job don’t make it right, boss,” said Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. If Mike Huckabee truly believes that all life is precious, he should have stopped every one of those executions. By coming down on the side of those who have denied an abortion to this 10-year-old child, he’s adding the destruction of another life to his supposedly “pro-life” resume.

Here’s the video, via CNN/YouTube:

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