The same logic that leads women to get an abortion could justify ending the life of an elderly person who has become an inconvenience, according to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).
The former presidential candidate made the comment Wednesday night at a gala sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. He argued that women cite hardship or inconvenience when getting an abortion and said that same logic could justify ending the life of an elderly person, according to Politico.
“If we teach the generation coming after us that it’s okay to terminate a human life because it represents a financial hardship or social disruption, what are we telling them?” Huckabee said, as quoted by Politico.
He also chastised Republicans who want the party to steer clear of social issues like abortion, according to The Hill, and said opposing abortions is key to the GOP sweeping elections.
“”We can run the full gambit of what we believe, we don’t have to reduce down to one flavor,” he said, as quoted by The Hill. “That’s not how we lose an election. That’s how we win elections and it’s how we save this republic.”
Since Huckabee floated another presidential run his comments on women have kept his name in the headlines and caused his poll numbers to surge. In a recent interview with The New Republic, the former governor said that a woman running for president should be treated with “a sense of pedestal” as opposed to a male opponent. He also came under fire earlier this year for saying Democrats tell women they can’t control their “libido” without the “Uncle Sugar” of government-funded birth control.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.