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Huckabee Would Criminalize Abortion Providers

By John Solomon
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, locked in a tight GOP race in Iowa, said Sunday he would seek to punish doctors who took money to provide abortions to women if he succeeded in outlawing the procedure, as he has long advocated.

"I think if a doctor knowingly took the life of an unborn child for money, and that's why he was doing it, yeah, I think you would, you would find some way to sanction that doctor," Huckabee said during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "I don't know that you'd put him in prison, but there's something to me untoward about a person who has committed himself to healing people and to making people alive who would take money to take an innocent life and to make that life dead."

The former governor said he would not support penalizing women who sought abortions even if they were outlawed. "I think you don't punish the woman, first of all, because it's not about ... I consider her a victim, not a criminal."

Huckabee, whose campaign surged to the lead in Iowa polls but has cooled in recent days, also used the appearance on the Sunday show to launch his most pointed attack yet on rival Mitt Romney. He accused the former Massachusetts governor of running a "very desperate and, frankly, distorted" campaign for the presidency.

"If you aren't being honest in obtaining the job, can we trust you if you get the job?" Huckabee asked, citing instances in which he alleged Romney distorted Huckabee's record as governor. Huckabee also came to the defense of a fellow rival, saying that when Romney "went after the integrity of John McCain, he stepped over the line. John McCain's a hero in this country. He's a hero to me."

McCain, whose campaign also has been targeted by Romney since it began rising in New Hampshire polls, also got into the mix during an appearance on ABC's This Week. McCain declined to call Romney a "phony" but said "I think he's a person who changed his positions on many issues."

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Poor Huck.
The Hippocratic Oath does not say "do no harm." Florence Nightingale coined the phrase in her book on hospital architecture. The Greeks of 500 BC did not regard a fetus as alive. That did not happen until about 300 years later. The abortive pessary ban in the Oath probably related to the way it caused lethal uterine infections, that is endangered the mother.
Steven Miles--MD Minnesota

Posted by: miles001 | January 1, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing the blood lust of those who ridicule the anti-abortionists...Who glibly insist on the right to murder an innocent human being (or potential human being for those who are not sure when life begins)... Save a whale and kill a baby??? Something is truly warped with this thinking. How has our society become so intoxicated? May God have mercy on us and intervene and change our hearts...

Posted by: mrc1300 | January 1, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

MR. RUSSERT: But you said you would ban all abortions.

GOV. HUCKABEE: Well, that's not just because I'm a Christian, that's because I'm an American. Our Founding Fathers said that we're all created equal. I think every person has intrinsic worth and value...

MR. RUSSERT: But many Americans believe that that would be you imposing your faith's belief.

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: Some Americans believe that life does not begin at conception, and that it's . . .

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: Do you respect that view?

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: And what would happen to doctors or women who participated in abortion?

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: Well, if it illegal, it would be [the issue].

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: But you would punish the doctor.


MR. RUSSERT: I want to talk about your past as a Baptist minister and your faith. You've talked about your faith being your life.


MR. RUSSERT: You went to the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, and were asked about your political success, and you said, "There's only one explanation for it. It's not a human one," suggesting divine intervention . . . But where does this leave non-Christians?

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: So you'd have no problem appointing atheists to your Cabinet?

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: Peggy Noonan, a woman of faith who writes for The Wall Street Journal, said that sometimes it appears your philosophy is "This is what God wants," and that doesn't encourage discussion, it squelches it. And, and this is what you wrote in your book, "Kids Who Kill," in 1998: "It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations--from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia." Why would you link homosexuality with sadomasochism, pedophilia and necrophilia?

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: But do you think homosexuality is equivalent to pedophilia or sadomasochism?

. . .

MR. RUSSERT: But when you say aberrant or unnatural, do you believe you're born gay or you choose to be gay?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I thought Tim asked some pretty tough questions on this topic -- too bad he didn't ask the same tough questions of the other Presidential hopefuls.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse


Tim "The Shill" Russert is nice to ANYONE who he thinks has a shot at the White House. He stopped being tough when he realized that throwing softballs gets you more invitations to the White House. I loved his interview with Bush -- NOT ONE SINGLE TRULY TOUGH QUESTION, and no follow-ups to the almost hard questions.

Thanks Tim. You are a first class SELLOUT.


Posted by: asdasd1 | December 31, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Last week, the talking points included Sinclair Lewis and "Elmer Gantry" -- now it's Robert Heinlein and "Nehemiah Scudder"? How about we deal with reality, not fiction?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Neamiah Scudder in '08

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | December 31, 2007 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow, did you see how Mitt Romney treated the kid in the wheelchair? This is how Mitt treats Americans. Mitt turns his back on answering the kids question and acts like a the rich snob he is. You will be amazed. You have to see this:

Posted by: marinepatriot | December 31, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse


99% of the Founding Fathers were "religious people" -- read about John Adams some time -- do you believe they "corrupted" the very political process they put into place? Do you even live here? Perhaps you are in the wrong country? Maybe France would be a better fit for you?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse


Huckabee did not state that there should be prison time for abortionists -- he did point out that the Hippocratic Oath begins: "First, Do No Harm" -- of course, if the same doctor killed a BORN child, he deserves prison time, right?


You are not equating an unborn human with a dog, are you?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Religious people corrupt the politcal process. Their goals are not the same as the goals of any democratic society. This is the exact same phenomenon which I witnessed in Pakistan 22 years ago. Look at Pakistan now; broken; dysfunctional; marching proudly towards the dark ages. Praise the lord, his will is done; kids are dying; women are raped; men are killed; salvation is attained.

It is time to learn from the mistakes that were made by those who came before us.

Posted by: ExPakistani | December 31, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee has my complete support. This is the first chance we have had in a very long time, to have a leader who is for "the people" of America

All of the negative attack ads will not change Mike's proven leadership record. As everyone has seen, Mike Huckabee has surged to number one in the polls. When people hear him speak, they understand why he is the right choice to be the next President of the United States.

God bless Mike. If "we Americans" stick together, our country will move ahead stronger than ever with Mike leading it.

I endorse Mike Huckabee.

Dan Campbell
Sgt., USMC

Posted by: marinepatriot | December 31, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

While many may applaud Mr. Huckabee's deep concern for the "unborn", what about his strong armed actions to prevent the investigation of his then 17 year old son for torturing and killing a dog at a Boy Scout camp? Then there's his "humorous(?)" comments following his grand pheasant hunting expedition...he would shoot those who don't vote for him. How very, very Christian of him. With Mr. Huckabee's brand of Christianity ruling the land, will the burning of "witches" be very far behind? Ah, the Dark Ages, a fun time was had by all........except women and cats! If Huckabee gets elected, all you gals best get fitted for your burkahs. And hide the cats!

Posted by: cagorl | December 31, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

While phony Mitt Romney wants to buy Iowa voters with his gobs of personal fortune, Mike Huckabee on the other hand can''t buy Iowa voters, heck he can''t even rent them, instead he is doing it the old fashion way by earning their respect and working hard.

When people hear Mike Huckabee speak, they see how truly humble, honest, trustworthy, funny and down home person he is. Mike Huckabee is a charismatic leader, he gets people energy fired up like Ronald Reagan did. Everyone has coined Mike Huckabee the next great communicator like Ronald Reagan.

Iowa voters will not stoop that low to be purchased by Mitt Romney. Iowa voters have dignity, integrity and honor. Iowans know a phony Mitt Romney when they see one.

While Mitt Romney is probably traveling in lavish hotels with 20 people doing his laundry (using his bases donations), Mike Huckabee on the other hand is traveling in the cheapest hotels he can find doing his own laundry.

Iowa voters will not be fooled and schooled by phony Mitt Romney. Iowa voters know a good honest humble trustworthy man like Mike Huckabee when they see one. Iowans want a president who they can trust and feel confident in.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | December 31, 2007 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Do you support Mike Huckabee's position on Criminalizing Abortion Providers?


Posted by: PollM | December 31, 2007 12:21 AM | Report abuse

It's good to see an "honest to God" conservative in this year's presidential race. Yes, He thinks unnecessary abortion ought to be a crime just as it once was in every state in the nation until one "swing" supreme court judge wrongly decided for all of us that it would be otherwise. Mike Huckabee is a calm, good-natured, compassionate man who has devoted his life to making a positive difference to the people of this country. I hope that the fact that he cares deeply about the sanctity of human life has not become a dis-qualifier for him in American politics in 2008.

Posted by: michaelLitz | December 30, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Talibegenicals like Huckleberry are more of a danger to this country than Al Qaeda. Osama Bin Forgotten's crowd can only kill us. Talibegenicals would force us to live in a theocracy, which would be worse than death. In case anyone forgot, the last time Christianity ran things, was the "Dark Ages". Haven't we gone down the road of ignorance and fear, far enough (under Bush)? Doesn't anyone else see parallels to what he would bring and Sharia?

Posted by: Russron | December 30, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Well whah Ah do declahre Huckleberry! Ah, believe you should be a'runnin foah thah Senate!

Ifn youh wannah be writin Legeslatiohn Lihke that an all!

Know what I mean Jelly Bean?

Hint-The President does not!

Posted by: rat-the | December 30, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The ole Huckster is coming out of the glare of his own light.
In spades.
Yeah, that's it.
It's those doctors who perform medical procedures, you know, for money -they're the ones that a little prison time would be good for.
You know, get those money-grubbing, woman-helping doctors behind bars where they can do some good for society.
Cause if they don't do it for, you know, the money, well then maybe they must be doing it for some wierd kind of plitical motive, and, well then, that would seem to violate their hypocritical oath, and, then, if that's the case, why, I think we should just let them go scott free because, you know, they didn't do that thing with the precious human life for the money. Sort of.
Man is he the great communicator or what?
Huck will not finish above No. 3 because that is all the totally maniacal right-wing evangelicals they can muster out there in Iowa.

Posted by: joebhed | December 30, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Tim Russert went very easy on Pastor Huckabee on Meet the Press today. This proves that Pastor Huckabee is the choice of g-d. Pastor Huckabee has the foreign policy experience to clean up the mess in Pakistan and elsewhere with one swipe of his mighty arm. For example, Pastor Huckabee punctuated a point about having John Bolton as his foreign policy advisor the other day by discharging his shotgun over the reporters' heads, because he's a tough law-and-order man. In the ensuing melee, he didn't have time to mention that he is also advised by Kofi Annan, Henry Kissinger, and Mikhail Gorbachev. The other thing that has not been mentioned is an explanation of Pastor Huckabee's comment about Pakistanis entering the US illegally. What Pastor Huckabee probably meant was that rather than coming in from Mexico, the Pakistanis are smuggled in by cargo containers originating from the so-called geographically shared eastern border with Afghanistan. This would make sense because, as Pastor Huckabee mentioned, martial law is being enforced in Pakistan, so that everyone else must remain inside their homes which would allow terrorism suspects to slip into the containers unnoticed for transport to the US. Yes, Pastor Huckabee apologized for the Pakistani affair, but he did that because he is a true Christian and that is what Christians do. And since as he mentioned he has a theology degree and most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were clergymen, it carries extra weight with Christians, so he was able to raise $89,000 in the one day 'money bomb' on December 27. Pastor Huckabee also knows that we must protect Israel at all costs for it is in the Bible. He has the power of a multinational corporation, Amway, at his disposal to bring the countries who won't get in line on terrorism to their knees. Oh, how happy everyone will be when Pastor Huckabee is president and puts the Christ back into Christians!

Posted by: washpost3 | December 30, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for that Cro-Magnon to be the GOP nominee. All the right-wing pundits would undergo a nervous breakdown, and find themselves in the same mental institution.

Meanwhile, the US would go from being an international pariah to an international object of ridicule.

Good work, GOPers! For years, you pandered to the extremist religious right to get the vote out. This time, they have their own candidate.

You created a monster, idiots. And now you do not know how to stop it.

Krauthammer, Peggy Noonan, Bill Kristol, and cy, are aghast at the Huckabee race. Too late for whining, guys -- not that you have not made a profession of being whiners all along -- you are going to reap what you sowed. The next year should be very intersting. Do not forget the salts...

Posted by: Gatsby1 | December 30, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I think that most of the candidates are turning into those professional politicians we have all grown to loathe. Huckabee as much as he targets Romney for hit pieces has indulged in the same. McCain has taken his shots and given some as well. Instead of focusing on things like the Iraq war, the economy, civil rights we get a heavy dose of platitudes "I am the most conservative", "I am for a strong America", "I am for strong families". "I am for fiscal responsibility", like who isn't? The top news stories deal in controversy, attacks and recriminations.

Enough is enough.

We have some serious issues to attend to. The economy is the number one issue among Republicans but we haven't seen any economic reform packages. Where are the long term goals? Huckabee has proposed a national sales tax which is a step in the right direction but then he turns around and talks about doubling defense spending. Does he not understand basic math? We can't afford it. We don't have the money. We are already borrowing 3 billion a day to keep us afloat and our creditors will only do this for so long.

Ron Paul at least understands this stuff. His ideas about shrinking govt. are bold but we that is exactly what we need. He will save us billions and billions in foreign policy by bring the troops home and redeploying them in bases and border patrols. This will actually make OUR country safer from attack. The "war" on terror is a losing battle. There is no named enemy. This "war" will only stop according to some politicians personal belief. You can't get a peace treaty from a non-named enemy.

Posted by: bgodley | December 30, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Mike Huckabee performed brillently on "Meet the Press" today.

Mike Huckabee's ability to communicate is superior over all the other candidates by far. You get the sense from his calm, caring and convincing responses that he is the next great communicator like Ronald Reagan.

Mike Huckabee is a role model for society. No one would ever believe that someone who used to work at J.C. Penny store cleaning windows and the floor in his teenage years could become the next President of the United States.

Mike Huckabee and his family has worked so hard to get to this level. When he was running for Governor in Arkansas his family worked so hard, they spent their entire savings down to the last dime and lived in a two room apartment for $40 a month.

Mike Huckabee's dedication to serve the people goes unmatched by any other candidate. He could have gone in another career making much more and living much better, but he saw the ultimate need to help those in need rather than focusing on his needs.

This man is a really great role model for society. He is working so hard to earn the respect of the voters. His down home charm, his likeability, his honesty, his integrity, his humbleness and his trustworthiness is what is really needed to lead this great country of ours.

The American voters can not and will not be purchased like a item on ebay. They are looking for a candidate with integrity. Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson want to buy the presidency with their gobs of personal money.

Mike Huckabee wants to earn their vote the good old fashion way.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | December 30, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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