If anyone thought that the recent news about a 10-year-old rape victim in Paraguay being forced to give birth would possibly move Mike Huckabee one iota off of his extreme stance on abortion, and the lengths he says he'd go to to deny women having the procedure if we were unfortunate enough to ever see this guy elected president, they'd be wrong.
Mike Huckabee says his opposition to abortion rights in any circumstances won't change after Paraguay refused a 10-year-old rape victim access to the procedure.
The former Arkansas governor who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination called the girl's rape a tragedy in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" Sunday.
But he said: "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," Huckabee said.
He said his opposition to abortion is based in part on its lasting effects, including that of the woman making the decision.
"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," Huckabee said.
"I just come down on the side that life is precious; every life has worth and value. I don't think we discount the intrinsic worth of any human being, and I don't know where else to go with it than just to be consistent and say, if life matters, and that's a person, then every life matters," he said.