Huckabee speaks to Pelham non-profit

Former presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee shared a pro-life message while talking with the Pelham-based Sav-A-Life Shelby at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center Oct. 19.

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee shared his thoughts on abortion and the importance of supporting pro-life non-profit organizations during an Oct. 19 fundraiser dinner.

Sav-A-Life Shelby, which is based in Pelham and also operates a location on U.S. 280 in Hoover, celebrated its 25 anniversary during the dinner, which was held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center off U.S. 280.

Huckbee, who was the keynote speaker during the event, urged the crowd to adopt pro-life views and support agencies like Sav-A-Life, a Christian organization which works to help and minister to individuals and couples facing unexpected pregnancies.

“There are some teens and adults out there who don’t always do what they are supposed to, and they get into trouble,” Huckabee said. “Is someone going to be there to tell them that God still loves them, and there is nothing they can do to make God turn his back on them?”

Huckabee praised Sav-A-Life, calling it a “ministry above all else.”

Before Huckabee’s speech, a video featured a 6-week-old boy named Caleb and his mother who said she contemplated getting an abortion when she was pregnant with him.

“In looking at Caleb’s beautiful face and head of hair, I realized a few months ago that (his mother) could have made a life-altering decision, and we would have never seen little Caleb,” Huckabee said. “God has a purpose for that little Caleb.”

Huckabee said America has been blessed because its citizens have valued human life since the country was founded.

“I think God has been good to this country because we are a nation that values human life,” he said. “Our founding fathers said that our basic intrinsic value and worth was that God created us. We may not all have sameness, but we all have equality.

“Equality means all of us have worth and value not because of something we do, but for who we are,” Huckabee added. “If God assigned value to all of us, it’s not my role to discount something he has put full value in. There is no such thing as a life that is disposable to him.”

Huckabee told the crowd of more than 300 to be wary of promoting a “life is disposable” mentality.

“If we teach the next generation that life is disposable because it represents an economic inconvenience or social disruption, remember that the day will come when they are our caretakers,” Huckabee said. “We will have already given them the rule that life is disposable and that they can terminate us at will.”