Asked by Bash about a 10-year-old Paraguayan girl who was raped and, despite pressure from the abortion lobby, brought the child to term, Huckabee responded by asking “does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child?”
“I think what we have to do, Dana, is remember that creating one problem that is horrible – horrible. I mean, let nobody be misled. A 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible,” said Huckabee.
“But does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that's really the issue,” said the former Arkansas governor. “I know people. I worked for a man for several years, James Robison, who was the result of a rape. His mother went to three doctors in Houston, Texas, in 1943, begged doctors to abort the baby. None of them would do it. They all refused. Today, his organization feeds, cares for, and brings living capacity for water to hundreds of thousands of people across the world. That would never have happened, Dana.”
“So, when I think about one horror, I also think about the possibilities that exist. And I just don't want to think that somehow we discount a human life.”
“And that's understandable,” said Bash in response, “but the flip side is, looking in the eyes of a 10-year-old girl, saying, you know, you had this horrible thing happen to you, and you're going to have to carry it out for the next nine months. That's also not easy.”
“No, it isn't easy,” Huckabee replied. “And I wouldn't even pretend that it's anything other than a terrible tragedy. But let's not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life. And I always think we sometimes miss the fact that, when an abortion happens, there are two victims. One is the child. The other is that birth mother, who often will go through extraordinary guilt years later, when she begins to think through the – what happened with the baby, with her.”
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“And, again, there are no easy answers here,” continued the pro-life leader. “And I realize there are some people that will be very different in their view of this than me, and I respect that. I don't want to get into a shouting match with people who think I'm wrong. … But I just come down on the side that life is precious, every life has worth and value.”
“I don't think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being. And I don't know where else to go with it, but just to be consistent and say, if life matters and then that's a person, then every life matters.”
Bash had opened the abortion discussion by noting that Huckabee “oppose[s] abortion even in cases of rape and incest,” which she said that “some of [Huckabee's] opponents say [is] too extreme.” While nearly all of the GOP's candidates for the 2016 nomination declare themselves to be pro-life, only a handful of the candidates oppose abortion in all cases.