Huckabee: I Might Deploy Federal Troops to Stop Abortion

Asked about it, he said, 'We'll see'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2015 9:15 AM CDT
Huckabee: I Might Deploy Federal Troops to Stop Abortion
Mike Huckabee speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council July 23 in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Donald Trump isn't the only candidate to raise eyebrows with his comments. Mike Huckabee this week promised to get aggressive against abortion as president, and he didn't rule out using federal troops or the FBI to do so, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. The remarks came in two public appearances: At the first, he said he would “invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendments for the protection of every human being," including unborn babies. At the second event, a reporter asked if that meant using troops or the FBI, and he said, "We'll see, if get to be president."

Salon notes that the reporter was none other than Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone, who tweeted about the exchange. And what about Roe v. Wade? Huckabee told the crowd that Abraham Lincoln defied the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision, which denied African-Americans the right to citizenship, when he freed the slaves. The Topeka newspaper, though, quotes a Berkeley law professor who thinks Huckabee is "off base," adding, “I think he’d better more carefully examine what he’s saying, because it is totally unprecedented." (More Mike Huckabee 2016 stories.)

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