Huckabee Expresses Support For Abortion Ban Amendment

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, on Wednesdayat a debate in Durham, N.H., said that he supports a constitutionalamendment that would ban abortion, the AP/Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The debate at the University of New Hampshire was moderated by Fox News' Brit Hume (Quaid, AP/Philadelphia Inquirer,9/6). Huckabee said he would "love to see" the U.S. adopt an amendmentsimilar to one in the Arkansas Constitution "that says that we believelife begins at conception and that we ought to do everything in theworld possible to protect it until its natural conclusion."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney,who also is running for the Republican nomination, was asked by FoxNews' Wendell Goler about his abortion-rights position (Fox News debatetranscript, 9/5). Top advisers last month said Romney supports atwo-tiered process in which states first would obtain authority toregulate abortion after Roe v. Wade -- the 1973 U.S.Supreme Court case that effectively barred state abortion bans -- isoverturned. The second step would be a constitutional amendment thatbans most abortions nationwide (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 8/23).

Romneysaid, "I believe almost all of us in the room would say that we'd loveto have an America that didn't have abortion. But the truth of thematter is ... that's not what America is right now. That's not what theAmerican people are right now. And so I'd like to see Roe v. Wadeoverturned and allow the states and the elected representatives of thepeople, and the people themselves, have the ability to put in placepro-life legislation" (AP/Google.com, 9/6).

Romneyadded, "I believe that a civilized society must respect the sanctity ofthe human life. But we have two lives involved here -- a mom, an unbornchild. We have to have concern for both lives and show the expressionof our compassion and our consideration and work to change hearts andminds, and that's the way in my view we'll ultimately have a societywithout abortion" (Fox News debate transcript, 9/5).

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