Huckabee Hearts Forcing 10-Year-Olds To Have Their Rapists’ Babies

Appearing on CNN’s “State of The Union” this morning, 2016 Presidential contender Mike Huckabee was told of a case in Paraguay in which a 10-year-old rape victim was forced to go through with her pregnancy and have his baby, due to the laws there. Which are the sort of laws President Mike Huckabee would like to see here.

Huckabee stated, “Let’s not compound a tragedy by taking yet another life … A 10-year-old girl being raped is horrible. But does it solve a problem by taking the life of an innocent child? And that’s really the issue.”

Nah, Huckabee. The issue is forcing a child to go through with a pregnancy — something you will never have to do yourself — that will be both physically and emotionally traumatic for her. To be reminded, daily, of that horrible rape every day for nine months straight. To be even more deeply scarred for the rest of her life than she would have been to begin with. To teach a 10-year-old girl that ultimately, her body is not hers. Which is a pretty shitty lesson to learn when you have just been raped.

When asked if it would be easy for him to tell a 10-year-old child she had to have her rapist’s baby, Huckabee said, “No, it isn’t easy. I wouldn’t pretend it’s anything other than a terrible tragedy.” Huckabee then stated:

“There are two victims. 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. And again, there are no easy answers here.”

First of all, the “birth mother” is also a child. Second, not ever having had an abortion himself, this isn’t something Huckabee can speak to. He doesn’t get to say she’s going to have “enormous guilt.” Does he truly think this “enormous guilt” is more important than the mental, emotional and physical consequences of being forced to bear the child of the man who forced sex upon her?

In case you are curious, this “enormous guilt” thing is hardly a natural consequence of abortion. Ninety-five percent of women who have had abortions say they do not regret them at all. Which is a pretty high percentage when you consider how many other life decisions we regret simply on a daily basis. Those women knew the choice they made was the right choice for them.

Opposition to abortion is largely about a “you do the crime, you do the time” mentality. They see women having abortions as trying to escape the consequences of their behavior, which they see as inherently unfair. Thus, many conservatives are a little more OK with the idea of allowing exceptions for victims of rape and incest–because it wasn’t “their fault” that they got pregnant.

However, Huckabee is just part of a growing contingent of conservatives who oppose abortion exemptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. Because as great as righteous punishment is, martyrdom is even better.

They can say it’s about “life” all they want, but that is certainly hard to believe when you consider that they’re the ones who oppose requiring businesses to allow a certain amount of parental leave, subsidized daycare so parents can work to support and feed those children, the death penalty, and who enjoy cheering on cops who murder unarmed black teenagers. Not to mention having no qualms about supporting college being financially impossible that the only way some of them can afford to go is to risk their lives in some stupid war. As soon as they give one single solitary crap about a child the moment it leaves the womb, we can talk, but until then I don’t think anyone wants to hear it.