Words: Huckabee supports a Constitutional amendment banning abortion, but also feels that abortion legislation should be left to the states. “I often say I did not become pro-life because of politics, but rather I became involved in politics in large measure because of my strong pro-life convictions.”
Actions: Huckabee promoted a successful “human life amendment” in Arkansas and signed into law legislation requiring parental consent for abortion and legislation requiring abortion providers to notify patients that the unborn baby may feel pain.
Update: Gov. Huckabee’s position on abortion is well known. What first caused controversy over the last few weeks was the added revelation (from Huckabee’s ministerial days) that “women should submit to their husbands.”
Just before the Michigan Primary, Gov. Huckabee gave a speech in which he said that the constitution should be amended to reflect God’s “standards”. These implicit amendments are largely understood to include a national ban on abortions, a position which would make Huckabee the most ardent anti-abortion advocate in this race.
Gov. Huckabee also included abortion as an issue in s recent discussion of immigration policy: “Sometimes we talk about why we are importing so many people in our work force. It might be because for the last 35 years we have aborted more than 1 million people who would have been in our workforce had we not had the holocaust of liberalized abortion under a flawed of Supreme Court ruling in 1973.” (Excerpts from speech to Family Research Council Values Voters Summit, 10.20.2007)