By Elaine Brackin
Progress Managing Editor
The Wiregrass Children’s Home provides a safe haven for children who have been abandoned, neglected or abused. The facility, and those like it, wouldn’t be needed if this was a perfect world. But, says Mike Huckabee, the world is far from perfect, and facilities like the WCH are needed.
“The Wiregrass Children’s Home wouldn’t exist if every child grew up in a home with loving parents,” said Huckabee as he addressed those attending a benefit for the Wiregrass Children’s Home this past Thursday night in the
Huckabee, who made an un-successful bid to gain the Republican Party’s nomination for president, came to
“I’m a pro-life person,” Huckabee said. “I’m against abortion. But, more than that, I am pro life. We are endowed by our Creator. He elevated us. We are not worth more or less than anyone else.”
Drawing from the code of the
“We don’t value people based on their function,” the former
“Life has value from the time it is conceived. Value doesn’t end at birth. We value, honor and celebrate a child’s worth.”
Unfortunately, Huckabee noted, not every parent places great value on a child’s life.
“Some parents in
Huckabee added that a community will get involved in the life of child - either through education or incarceration.
“Lower taxes and less government are directly tied to the level of a society having social fabric,” Huckabee said.
He illustrated his point by creating two mythical towns -
“In Meckville, the social fabric has broken down,” Huckabee said. “Because of a few, we regulate everybody.
“This same idea applies to the Wiregrass Children’s Home. The more children get a chance in life and know they are loved, the less likely they are to cost you money. A bed at the Wiregrass Children’s Home is less than that of a jail bed.”
“One year in prison will cost more than putting someone through a four-year college or university,” Huckabee continued. “Taxpayers fund those jail beds. Which do you think is the better investment? It’s an economic issue. It is less expensive to invest in a child now than when they become incarcerated (as juveniles or adults).”
To emphasize the importance of investing in a child’s life, Gov. Huckabee shared the story of a visit his family made to
“My daughter,” Huckabee said, “wrote these words - ‘Why didn’t somebody do something?’
“Everybody doing something makes all the difference in the difference in the world. We can do something. We hope what happens here is about what we can do - we can invest in a child.”
For more information about the Wiregrass Children's Home, visit www.WiregrassChildrensHome.com
Courtesy: The Dothan Progress
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