Fox News constantly whines about liberal media bias. Yet, America's "fair & balanced" news network has no problem with allowing its hosts to promote the lies and propaganda of the anti-choice movement. Chief among Fox's stable of anti-choice mouthpieces is Mike Huckabee whose show comes straight out of the playbook of those who are waging a war on those libidinous women. Huckabee's show is not only a showcase for his, anti-choice lies, radical anti-choice views and attacks on Planned Parenthood; but a venue for promoting anti-choice laws which would force women to bear their rapist's child. Huckabee supports "personhood" legislation which defines "personhood" from the moment of conception and which would, thus, ban abortion, birth control, and IVF treatment. So it was no surprise that Saturday's show was an advocacy piece for a Colorado referendum which, while promoted as "justice" for pregnant women, is all about rolling back abortion rights.
Huckabee's guest was Heather Surovik whose fetus did not survive an automobile accident in which she was involved. Surovik is angry that the driver of the other car was not prosecuted for the death of unborn son which she sees as a homicide. Colorado "personhood" supporters, who were defeated at the polls three times, are using this personal tragedy to do an end-run around personhood with an amendment to existing law, to be voted on by Colorado residents, that "would recognize unborn humans as potential victims of violent crimes."
While personhood supporters say this is "justice," Planned Parenthood and other advocated for women's reproductive rights note that this amendment will "lead to more government intrusion in our personal lives, including getting into our medical records to investigate miscarriages, dictating the kinds of birth control we use, and interfering with medical decisions made by women with their doctors in treating fertility problems."
But you didn't hear any of those concerns during Huckabee's interview with Surovik who spoke about how, according to Huckabee, "the punishment continued" after the accident. She said that because her son "wasn't considered a person," there "wasn't an additional charge." Huckabee expressed shock that her fetus was not considered a person. He didn't mention that after Surovik's accident, Colorado passed a law that created penalties for crimes resulting in the termination of a wanted pregnancy.
Surovik spoke about the "importance" of the Brady Amendment (named after her son). After Huckabee, on cue, asked "who would be opposed" to this, she answered "the pro-abortion lobbyists." ("pro-abortion" is an anti-choice term) Huckabee claimed "this is not about abortion" but about respect for pregnant women. She noted that 38 other states have fetal homicide laws. Nobody mentioned that these laws amend existing laws, while the Brady Amendment go far beyond this. The website for the amendment was posted. Huckabee praised her bravery.
While Huckabee was his usual soft, avuncular self, the reality is that there is another side to this radical proposal which is slightly different from past personhood laws. But worse than the misinformation, was Huckabee's lie that this isn't about abortion. An official "designated representative" for the initiative sent out an e-mail, He wrote: "Some of our supporters have asked whether the Brady Amendment is a personhood amendment. The answer is yes! Whether it is a drunk driver who avoids facing any charges for the death of a baby that is just days from birth, or a hospital that avoids malpractice liability for the death of unborn babies in its care, or an abortionist who kills children in the womb for a living, the fact is that all three rely on the same reasoning: the baby in the womb is not a person and therefore his or her life has no value in the eyes of the law."
So is this about abortion. The answer is yes. And Huckabee thinks there's no war on women?
There’s another part of that opposition we should also remember. These guys always say that the end of Roe v Wade would only mean that the situation would revert to the states. They deliberately leave out the rest of the sentence – the part where it would be a crime to cross state lines to terminate a pregnancy. Huckabee is a master of just this kind of deceptive propaganda. Which is why I’m relieved that this site exists to help maintain a record of it.