Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he opposes abortion even in cases of rape because "we can't discount a human life."
CNN's "State of the Union"
guest host Dana Bash on Sunday asked Huckabee about the case of a 10-year-old girl in Paraguay who was raped by her stepfather and denied an abortion by the government.
Huckabee said that just because a problem – the rape of the 10-year-old – is "horrible," that doesn't justify taking the life of an innocent child.
Huckabee noted that he once worked for TV evangelist James Robison, who was the born as the result of rape.
"His mother went to three doctors in Houston, Texas, in 1943, begged doctors to abort the baby. None of them would do it," Huckabee said. "Today, his organization feeds, cares for and is bringing water to hundreds of thousands of people across the world."
Huckabee admitted it isn't easy to look into the eyes of a 10-year-old girl and tell her she has to carry a baby for nine months after being raped by her stepfather.
"I wouldn't even pretend that it's anything other than a terrible tragedy," he said, "but let's not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life."
Abortion has two victims, he said, the child and the mother who often suffers guilt over it for years afterward.
"There are no easy answers here," Huckabee said, adding that he respects the views of those who disagree with him.
"I just come down on the side that life is precious, every life has worth and value," 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 but just to be consistent and say if life matters and that's a person, then every life matters."
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