We’ve finally reached the Abortion Foe Event Horizon, the point at which all Republican candidates, in their ceaseless quest to prove they hate abortion the very most, have begun collapsing into a black hole of their own hyperbole. First up: Mike Huckabee, who said when he becomes president, he’ll send in the American armed forces and/or the FBI to stop abortions.

The Topeka-Capital Journal reports that Huckabee made the remarks on Thursday in a Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, saying he’d invoke the “5th and 14th amendments” to stop abortion procedures:

In response to a question from the audience at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, Huckabee said he would “invoke the 5th and 14th amendments for the protection of every human being.”

Both amendments contain due process protections against depriving people of life without due process of law.

“Would that be a huge controversy?” the former Arkansas governor asked. “Yes.”

But he argued that scientific advancements have now verified that unborn babies are human beings — information he said wasn’t necessarily available when the Supreme Court issued its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said at the event, where a Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent was present.

At his next stop, in Rockwell City, Huckabee answered follow-up questions from the correspondent, saying: “All American citizens should be protected.”

Asked by another reporter how he would stop abortion, and whether this would mean using the FBI or federal forces to accomplish this, Huckabee replied: “We’ll see if I get to be president.”

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi notes that Huckabee also compared abortion to Benghazi for the second time in a week:

This — this right here — is a candidate proposing a literal, actual, armed war on women. Thank goodness he’ll never be President.


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Huckabee pictured in May, 2015. Photo via AP Images