As my blogging of “Do the Right Thing” continues, Chapter 3, ” Is There Something About ‘Created Equal’ You Don’t Understand?” focuses on the pro-life issue.
Huckabee finds his grounding for the pro-life position in the Declaration of Independence’s statement: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Huckabee writes, “Our Founding Fathers began with the idea that the most basic rights come from God, who created us, and not from the whims of a civil government. The purpose of government, in their view and in mind…is to protect and preserve those basic rights, not to create them or grant them. Those rights transcend government itself.”
Huckabe considers the issue of a culture of life which he defines as going beyond abortion as one of two ultimate issues, the other being the need for self-government discussed in Chapter 2. Huckabee sees dire consequences from a failure to recognize the sanctity of life. “To ultimately get it wrong would us on a path from which there would be no return. It would mark the tragic and dramatic reversal of the idea we are all created equal. It would replace the noble principle with the view that some people are indeed worth more than others; that worth is determined merely on the whims of other human beings who, without benefit of due process or any checks or balances, could make the decision to end the life of another human being…”
He writes that he received around from the audience of the left-leaning Daily Show when he stated that the Pro-Life position doesn’t mean “we should only care about a child during gestation…To be truly pro-life means that we should be just as concerned about the child who is eight years old and living under a bridge or in the back seat of a car, or the life of an elderly person who is eighty years old, terminally ill, and living in a long-term care facility.”
How does Huckabee approach war and the death penalty in his view of the culture of life? He argues the check and balance of a shared responsibility between Congress and the President in making war shows respect for life. And when it comes to the Death Penalty, thorough Judicial review before implementing the death penalty signals a respect for life. In a previous book, Huckabee recounted how he thoroughly reviewed information on all sixteen of the executions that occurred during his time as Governor.
Huckabee does not view overturning Roe v. Wade as ultimate victory in the pro-life cause, as “the right to life is a fundamental right that can’t be taken from you and that does–cannnot—vary from state to state.”
Huckabee closes the chapter with a poignant story of a woman in Seattle he met who handed him a picture of her four year old daughter and told him that her daughter had been a frozen embryo for four years before she was adopted. The mother reminded Huckabee that “She is exactly what some want to use for experimentation and for stem cell research…Please don’t forget her.”
Huckabee lays out a solid pro-life case in the chapter that includes a good overview of the stem cell research debate, including pro-life support for adult stem cell research. Some will not be happy with him saying that merely overturning Roe is not enough, however he writes, “It may take a period beyond my lifetime to see it come to pass, but I do pray that one day we will be clear as to the value and worth of every human life.”