Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Newsmax TV
on Friday that "there would be no funding for Planned Parenthood" if he were elected to the White House next year.
"None," the Republican candidate declared to "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "There's nothing that they do, which is very little for women's health, that couldn't be done by better and more responsible providers rather than these butchers who are out there justifying and defending the slaughter of children and the selling of their parts. It's time for us to get honest."
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"Let's end this scourge of abortion," he added. "Fifty-five million unborn children have died in what ought to be the safest place in the world, in a mother's womb.
"We, as a culture, as a civilization, need to come to grips with the evil of this practice — and we need to end it."
Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, told Hayworth that he feared that last month's Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage would lead to the federal government ordering pastors to perform such unions.
"It's headed in that direction," he said. "Churches losing tax-exempt status, economic terrorism already being applied to people across America, fines of $135,000 to a wedding-cake maker for the simple and just denial of making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
"What we finally have to do is elect a president who says, 'The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being,'" Huckabee added. "And they're not even the supreme branch. They're a Supreme Court, but they're not above the other two branches of government.
"There is no legislation that has ever passed Congress signed by a president that authorizes same-sex marriage — and there's nothing in the Constitution.
"Justice [Anthony] Kennedy reached out and made up some rights like intimacy and spirituality," Huckabee said of the justice who wrote the majority opinion. "That's not constitutional."
At two campaign stops in Iowa Thursday, Huckabee said he'd "invoke the 5th and 14th amendments for the protection of every human being" to stop abortions – and suggested he'd consider using the FBI or federal forces to do so, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
Both amendments contain due process protections against depriving people of life without due process of law.
Huckabee argued the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was wrong to cite the right to privacy as a reason for allowing abortion.
"Privacy doesn’t allow you to take a life," he said.
"I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this," Huckabee said.
At a second event, asked if he'd use the FBI or federal troops to stop abortion, he replied: "We'll see, if I get to be president."
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