August 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Mike Huckabee didn’t pull any punches in his speech at the GOP Convention Wednesday night, excoriating President Obama for his attacks on freedom of religion, support for gay “marriage,” and pro-abortion extremism.
In one particularly poignant twist of the rhetorical knife, Huckabee hinted at Obama’s opposition to an Illinois bill that would have protected babies born alive after failed abortions from being killed.
“I want to clear the air about something that has been said,” Huckabee told his audience. “People wonder whether guys like me, an evangelical, would only support a fellow evangelical?
“Well, my friends I want to tell you something, of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama. And he supports changing the definition of marriage—believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb, even beyond the womb,” he said. “And he tells people of faith that they have to bow their knees to the God of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls, health care.”
“Friends,” Huckabee said to applause, “I know we can do better.”
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The former Arkansas governor’s mention of life “even beyond the womb” was a reference to Obama’s four votes against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act as an Illinois state senator.
The bill was introduced after pro-life nurse Jill Stanek witnessed babies being born alive after failed abortions, then being brought to a room in the hospital where she worked and left to die.
The legislation mandated that doctors must provide care to babies born alive after failed abortions.
In a clear reference to the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, Huckabee added, “Let me say it as clearly as possible, that the attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me.”
“The Democrats have brought back that old dance, the limbo,” he continued, “to see how low they can go in attempting to limit our ability to practice our faith. This isn’t a battle about contraceptives and Catholics, but about conscience and the Creator.”
The sentiment echoed Huckabee’s remarks from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this year, where the Baptist minister declared, in response to the HHS mandate: “We are all Catholics now.”