Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mike Huckabee off the Rails on Abortion

In a torturous piece of logic former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee likened abortion to slavery in a Monday speech during a fundraiser for an anti-abortion group. Huckabee said that when it abolished slavery, the U.S. debated and decided it was immoral for one person to have complete, life-or-death power over another. He said that should not change whether the control involves racial bigotry or a pregnant woman making a decision for her unborn child. "What are we saying to the generation coming after us when we tell them that it is perfectly OK for one person to own another human being?" Huckabee said.

"I thought we dealt with that 150 years ago when the issue of slavery was finally settled in this country, and we decided that it no longer was a political issue, it wasn't an issue of geography, it was an issue of morality. That it was either right or it was immoral that one person could own another human being and have full control even to the point of life and death over that other human being."

Missouri NAACP President Mary Ratliff, said the comparison of abortion to slavery was "apples to oranges" and called it offensive to use the issue of slavery for an unrelated political point.

There is more insidious piece of logic here then most people are unaware of. The agenda is not the elimination of Roe V. Wade, but rather the elimination of all abortion entirely. If anti-abortion proponents can't get the Supreme Court to strike down Roe V. Wade, or get a ruling that life begins at conception, then fall back to a civil rights position regarding the issue of abortion.

1 comment:

Tom H. said...

You miss the point. The unborn child is being viewed as "owned" by the mother...therefore she has the "right" to do with the child anything she pleases. The ownership of another human (who apparently has no rights), is exactly the correct way to look at this dynamic. The implications are indeed uncomfortable for those who preach human rights...as they should be.