Huckabee: Abortion Violates ‘Unborn Child’s 5th and 14th Amendment Rights for Due Process and Equal Protection’

By Staff | August 7, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (AP Photo)

( - During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Chris Wallace of Fox News asked former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a question based on Wallace’s premise that favoring constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage and abortion raise an “electability question” for Huckabee.

Huckabee countered that what he actually believes is that an unborn baby is a person from the moment of conception and that the next president should “invoke the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments” in protecting their right to due process of law and equal protection of the law.

Here is the exchange:

Chris Wallace: “Governor Huckabee--like Governor Walker--you have staked out strong positions on social issues. You favor a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. You favor a constitutional amendment banning abortions, except for the life of the mother. Millions of people in this country agree with you, but according to the polls--and again this an electability question--according to the polls, more people don't, so how do you persuade enough Independents and Democrats to get elected in 2016?

Gov. Mike Huckabee: Chris, I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That's a long and difficult process. I've actually taken the position that's bolder than that.

A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that's a huge game changer. I think it's time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments to the constitution now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother's womb is a person at the moment of conception.

The reason we know that it is is because of the DNA schedule that we now have clear scientific evidence on. And, this notion that we just continue to ignore the personhood of the individual is a violation of that unborn child's Fifth and 14th Amendment rights for due process and equal protection under the law.

It's time that we recognize the Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being, and we change the policy to be pro-life and protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they're parts to a Buick.


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