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Huckabee speaks at the Iowa State Fair. (Photo: Khue Bui for Yahoo News)
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says he does not believe in abortion under any circumstance — including the rape of a 10-year-old girl.
“Creating one problem that is horrible — let nobody be misled, a 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible,“ Huckabee said in an interview on CNN’s "State of the Union” Sunday. “But does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that’s really the issue.”
Last week in Paraguay, an 11-year-old girl gave birth to a healthy baby girl after being denied an abortion despite allegedly being raped by her stepfather — stirring debate over a Paraguayan law banning abortions except in cases where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life.
The former Arkansas governor said while there are "no easy answers” in such a case, abortion should not be seen as a solution.
“When an abortion happens, there are two victims,” Huckabee said. “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 what happened, with the baby, with her.”
He added: “Let’s not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life.”
Huckabee’s hardline stance puts him on par with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — who are against abortion under any circumstances — but to the right of other GOP candidates who say there should be exceptions.
On NBC’s "Meet The Press,” Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, said he believes there are three: “Rape, incest [and] if the mother is going to die.”
On “State of the Union,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he’s also against abortion in such cases, but other issues critical to the party are lost in the debate.
“I think it is an important issue, but I think there’s many other issues that are really critical,” Kasich said. “Early childhood, infant mortality. The environment. Education. I think we focus too much on just one issue, and now that the issue of gay marriage is kind of off the table, we’re kind of down to one social issue.”
On ABC’s “This Week,” retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson tried to dodge the rape exemption question.
“I have spent my life trying to save life, not trying to destroy it,” Carson said.
Huckabee offered a similar sentiment.
“I just come down on the side that every life is precious,“ he said. "I don’t think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being, and I don’t know where else to go with it.”