An 11-year-old girl in Paraguay was only 10 when her stepfather raped and impregnated her, and 2016 Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee said the country was right to deny her an abortion. The former Arkansas Governor said that he thinks that even in this case, ‘every life is precious.’
Mike Huckabee, 59, is known for his conservative values and the former Governor of Arkansas expressed them during an interview. After a man in Paraguay raped and impregnated his 11-year-old stepdaughter, the current Presidential candidate said that the girl should be denied access to an abortion. Mike said that she should “not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life.”
Mike weighed in on the situation while talking with Dana Bash during the Aug. 16 edition of CNN’s State of The Union. Paraguay bans abortion except in the case when the mother’s life is in danger. In the case of the 11-year-old girl, who was 10 at the time of her rape, she was at no risk and was not allowed to have the procedure. The doctors delivered the baby via cesarean section on Aug. 13, reports Yahoo, and Mike agrees that it was right that she was forced to give birth.
“Let nobody be misled — a 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible,” said Mike, around at the 5:30 mark in the CNN video. “But, does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that’s really the issue.” Mike conservative comments are not surprising, considering what he’s said in the past. He gave a transphobic rant at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. He also allegedly attacked Natalie Portman for getting pregnant while she wasn’t married, something Mike said was untrue.
Some might disagree with the former-governor’s views, especially in the case of the girl in Paraguay. Dana asked about the seriousness of telling a 10-year-old girl that she has to keep the child of her rapist over the next nine months. Mike said that he does not deny that it’s “anything other than a horrible tragedy, but let’s not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life.”
“There are no easy answers here,” Mike admitted. “And I realize that there are some people that will be very different in their view of this than me. And I respect that.” He added, “I just come down on the side that every life is precious.”
What do you think about Mike’s comments, HollywoodLifers?
— Jason Brow