Mike Huckabee Says he Will Use Military to Prevent Abortion

Mike Huckabee, like so many other Republican candidates, has demonstrated that he does not know how our government works, or much of anything else, apparently. This friend to rapists and criminals wants to stop abortion, even if it means employing federal troops.

Yes, this enemy of big government wants to bully women with military force.

This all came to light on July 31, when The Topeka Capitol-Journal reported that while at a speaking engagement in Iowa, where Republicans always say stupid things,

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee indicated Thursday that if elected, he wouldn’t rule out employing federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortion from taking place in the United States.

One sees the logic at once, of course! Because, you know, abortion is legal in the United States. The Supreme Court has said so. The Supreme Court has even said abortion bans are unconstitutional. So it logically follows that one must use federal troops to stop abortions.

This is one of those facepalm moments that have become all too common where Republicans are concerned. Needless to say, this isn’t the first time a Republican presidential hopeful has said the Supreme Court is irrelevant, that they will decide what is constitutional and what isn’t. Huckabee himself has already said he would ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.

Huckabee’s logic is based on – at least in his mind – constitutional principles. He said he would “invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendments for the protection of every human being.”

According to Huckabee, the Capital-Journal reports, these amendments “contain due process protections against depriving people of life without due process of law.”

The Fifth Amendment says,

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The Fourteenth Amendment says,

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

I guess he doesn’t think the Supreme Court would have considered this when they issued Roe v. Wade (1973), or ruled that abortion bans are illegal. Well, what does the Supreme Court know?

Funny how the Fourteenth Amendment suddenly means something to a Republican. It sure doesn’t have any meaning when we’re talking about, say, religious freedom. Then, suddenly, the U.S. Constitution doesn’t apply to individual states, even though the Fourteenth Amendment says it does.

For example, anti-sodomy laws violate the first Amendment. The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas that “intimate consensual sexual conduct was part of the liberty protected by substantive due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Republican voter ID laws regularly violate the Fourteenth Amendment. It doesn’t stop them from arguing for them in federal courts.

Once again, the GOP’s moral relativism rears its ugly head. The Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t matter – unless you suddenly want it to matter.

Huckabee asked the crowd, “Would that be a huge controversy? Yes.”

Yes, it would be a huge controversy, because it’s stupid. Stupid is always controversial, if not surprising. I think most of us are past being surprised by catastrophic ignorance and hypocrisy coming from Republican presidential candidates.

But it gets worse:

But he argued that scientific advancements have now verified that unborn babies are human beings — information he said wasn’t necessarily available when the Supreme Court issued its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said at the event, where a Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent was present.

Wait. Science has done what? I thought you weren’t a scientist, Mr. Hucakbee? Science has verified that man-made global warming is destroying our environment, but I don’t see you advocating protecting the environment.

Then comes the kicker:

“All American citizens should be protected,” he said in Rockwell City, after his earlier comments.

All, apparently, except for post-born black men and women, who can be gunned down and murdered in the backseat of squad cars or in their jail cells with impunity. That’s okay. In one extreme cast, we have even seen “a Republican candidate for Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Sheriff, who refused to rule out the use of deadly force to stop ‘elective’ legal abortions.”

That’s right. He’d kill a post-born to save a pre-born. That’s pro-life for you.

The Capital-Journal said another reporter questioned Huckabee on how he would stop abortion, probably on the grounds that it’s perfect legal, and Hucakbee said, “We’ll see, if I get to be president.”

And any media outlet worth its salt would have demanded on answer from Huckabee on how the Fourteenth Amendment can at one moment apply, and in the next, not.

So, of course, it stands to reason that Media Matters for America reports, “On the August 2 edition of CBS’ Face the Nation, host John Dickerson failed to confront Huckabee on his suggestion that he might order troops to interfere with women’s reproductive health decisions.”

Dickerson decided to ask him about his “oven door” comments regarding the Iran deal instead.

Apparently, for CBS News, women’s reproductive rights aren’t critical.

Huckabee’s logic fails across the board. When the Supreme Court issued Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 347 U.S. 483, on May 17, 1954, President Eisenhower was compelled by that ruling to send the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school integration in 1957. It wasn’t that Eisenhower was particularly sympathetic to the cause, but that he understood his duty and did what duty required. The Supreme Court had spoken: it had laid out the law of the land and the president acted accordingly.

President Eisenhower, in employing the United States Army, was enforcing the law of the land. What Mike Huckabee proposes is the opposite. He claims the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment as his justification, but per Roe v. Wade, abortion is legal. He can’t employ federal troop, in defiance of the Supreme Court, to permit violation of the law of the land.

40 Replies to “Mike Huckabee Says he Will Use Military to Prevent Abortion”

  1. So says Mike – I’m not a scientist nor constitutionalist, but I am a Fox News contributor, a Republican politician, and a Baptist preacher so here are my bastardized biblical interpretations of the scientific facts and the U.S. constitution – Huckabee.

  2. what’s the big deal? using logic learned from an inherently illogical work of fiction is not inherently contradictory…

    thou shalt not kill but an eye for an eye…

    The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. and love thy neighbor and forgive us our trespass…

    Huckleberry Huckster: kill the living to save the unborn..

    you get the idea…

  3. This man literally makes me shudder, he hobnobs with child molesters, raises kids who torture animals, touts his book on his being an expert at weight loss when he has obese kids, also looks a little obese himself.Says the president is marching the jews to the ovens etc etc.
    Could there ever be a bigger slimeball?

    OK OK – Cruz, Walker, Bush,Christie – I get it. They are all slimeballs. Name one who really is christian.

  4. But but but!

    They are ALL christian! They’re not perfect, Just Forgiven- automatically.

    Unlike us unwashed heathens.

  5. Of course you shudder; he’s dangerous!

    Too bad the picture chosen for this article had him wearing sunglasses or I would be all to happy to comment on his eyes. IMHO his eyes speak of a soul-less man who practices his sincerity and folky talk in a mirror, and yet, always has one eye looking over his shoulder for fresh prey…

    O where is Wednesday Adams when you need a match during a Huckabee rally?

  6. Ladies and gentlemen! STEP RIGHT UP! Come see the bearded lady! behold the two headed chicken! Now wait! YOU wanna see some REALLY sick stuff?? yeah ya do! (CURTAIN OPENS) it’s mike huckabee!! Ladies and gentlemen! CALM DOWN! he won’t bite! OK OK enough of the FREAK show skit! the GOP is a real life freak show, it’s reality television for trailer trash meth heads! BTW for my liberal friends who live in a trailer, obviously, I’m not talking about YOU, so chillout!! mike huckabee, mike? mr. huckabee?? REALLY? the military? this is the modern GOP! how can ANY republican with a straight face say, I’m proud of MY party?? HOW? mike, the military? SERIOUSLY? now do you people here see, WHY I don’t argue with republicans anymore? you can’t argue with CRAZY! I don’t try talking to republicans anymore, I talk at them! about them! When you TRY to convince ME, the SOUTH was right all along, that the 1950’s was paradise, you lost me! conservatism is a mental illness! PERIOD

  7. I can still remember when Huckabee won the Iowa Caucus. His sidekick, Chuck Norris, was standing next to him grinning ear to ear. I can’t believe that 7 years later Huckabee has any relevance and anyone gives a rat’s toenail about the garbage he has to say.

  8. Bravo for the correct spelling on that! (I look forward to our oligarchs receiving the same treatment that he did upon retirement).

  9. There is literally NOTHING that surprises or even shocks me one iota when it comes from the minds of Huckabee and the Christian Reich Wing. They are the sewage of humanity.

  10. Uh, the Huckster should learn from history, as those harsh tactics have been used before.
    Do the terms “SS” and “Gestapo” ring a bell?

  11. You beat me to it. DFon’t see the word “Conceived” used anywhere in the Constitution.

    Additionally, I don’t see where the Bible ever condemns abortion. Causing a pregnant woman to end her pregnancy is not a crime, according to the Bible, just accosting the woman is.

    If the Bible considered abortion murder, then wouldn’t the punishment be the same as if an actual murder was commited?

    I am not a fan of abortions. But then, I don’t know anybody who is. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion.

    But it isn’t murder and should not be treated as such.

  12. Huckabee’s a fascist – isnt that exactly what they said President Obama is? The military taking over Texas? So, okay with dog killing, cinnamon roll diabetes curing hypocrite Huckabee thinks he can be Pres – I dont think this “pastor” will ever bee.

  13. Yes labman57 I think that your analogy would ring plenty of bells with his crowd..plenty of church bells!Either real brass or digital sound from a P/A.

  14. Technically a Militaristic Fascism.

    When the only tool you have is a hammer, all your problems start to resemble a nail.

  15. “A woman should be punished for the rest of her life for having sex before marriage and getting pregnant, or forced to raise her rapist’s child as God wants, or forced to continue a life-threatening pregnancy as God wants. Otherwise she will never learn.”


    And what about boys that diddle their sisters?
    Apparently Focus on the Family thinks thats ok (Duggar).

    Being raped is the woman’s fault for getting pregnant so she must be punished for the rest of her life or she will never learn not to get raped?

    It is always, always, always the woman’s fault. It’s her fault for being raped. It is her fault for creating a deformed fetus. It is her fault for having sex, inside or outside of marriage, and getting pregnant.

    So like a dog, she must be punished.

    I am so sick and tired of these self-righteous, egotistical fanatics. None of them deserve to be president. THEY DON’T OWN US!

  16. Genesis 2:7 King James Version (KJV)

    And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    It seems clear that “in the beginning” according to the bible, life was determined to begin upon the first “breath of life”.

    But as we all know, many Christians ignore almost as much of the bible as they follow.

  17. maybe Huckabee should read the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A serving officer or enlisted officer can refuse an order if that officer feels the order is illegal. Can not imagine someone in the armed forces following an illegal order

  18. I have a question for all the right wing TROLLS , who just can’t help them damn selves coming here! Why aren’t YOU screaming to high heaven that mike huckabee even represents YOUR beloved GOP??? hummmm tell me, YOU know his son has been charged with multiple animal ABUSE charges RIGHT???? YOU know he’s been, PALLING around with child molesters, RIGHT??? Why aren’t YOU upset about those two FACTS I just brought up?? oh don’t tell me, the liberal media FRAMED him, RIGHT?? the liberal media Made his son HANG a dog to death, RIGHT? the liberal media MADE mike huckabee get friendly with child molesters, I thought YOU republicans had a monopoly on MORALS, I thought YOU republicans were so christian, RIGHT? LMFAO and you wonder why your party is DYING!!!

  19. Can not imagine someone in the armed forces following an illegal order?

    Two words dude:
    Abu Ghraib.

  20. When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. …And the right tries to accuse Democrats and Progressives of being fascists.

  21. Patricia, what you have posted here needs to be in Hillary’s campaign as an example of the TRUTH of the matter at hand. This is what will give Hillary the vote, the repression of women’s rights over their OWN bodies.

  22. …we need an amendment to the Constitution saying anybody running for office shall not EVER evoke the name of any deity in the line of duty…

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  25. @Grim, you said it all! Abu GHRAIB! brother you may or may not know how powerful your statement was, I’ve been studying Hitlers Third Reich off and on since the mid 80’s and ANYONE who doesn’t think a holocaust situation, couldn’t ever repeat itself!, WELL? all you need is the right combination of things, A major economic MELT DOWN, A gullible, uneducated and desperate citizenery a CREATED enemy, and a charismatic LEADER who promises to bring nationalism and vanish the foe! @Grim, does the usa have some of these potential elements? I say yes! A cataclysmic economic CRASH it’s COMING soon! A gullible, uneducated and desperate citizeney? lol the GOP is absolutely setting that up! A charimatic leader? the OLIGARCH’s are trying like hell to find one! Nationalism and american exceptionalism? oh hell YES! the GOP is playing that tune 24/7 NOW! A enemy? take your pick! ANYONE who doesn’t goose step with the GOP’s RELIGIOUS RIGHT? ANYONE how argues against the OLIGARCH’s?

  26. We women will fight them in the fields, we will fight them on the beaches, we will fight them in the kitchen and best of all we will fight them in the bedroom. (Thanks to Winston Churchill)

  27. Obviously, Gov. Huckabee has forgotten that there are *women* with *guns* in our current military.

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