Mike Huckabee visits Lincoln for fundraiser

Former Arkansas Governor and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was in Lincoln Tuesday night to support a local non-profit organization.

He was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Pregnancy Center—a local non-profit organization that offers options, help, and support to women and families, dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

Huckabee has been very vocal about his strong opposition to abortion.

And he says the Pregnancy Center supports a part of the pro–life movement he believes is sometimes overlooked.

And that’s part of the reason why he agreed to be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for the Lincoln–based pregnancy center, Tuesday night.

“It’s a wonderful resource for the people of Nebraska,” said Huckabee.  

“I don’t know of anything that is more important than those early stages where they’re just finding out ‘I’m pregnant’ than to know somebody wants to stand with them through what is a very frightening and maybe tumultuous time,” he said.

The Pregnancy Center is a Christian non–profit organization that offers options, help, and support to women and families, dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

Huckabee says the ministry supports a part of the pro–life movement he believes is sometimes overlooked.

 “Their ministry to women is not just about the baby, but it’s also about a real passion and love and outreach to the birth mother,” said Huckabee.

Organizers advertised the event as “one without politics,” though they admit Huckabee’s strong political influence certainly helped sell more tickets.

“One couple came in to get tickets for three tables and were like ‘so what do you guys do here?’  That was awesome because I realized these people were going to be coming in and being introduced to our ministry and what we do—and hopefully stay connected with us,” explained Pregnancy Center Education Program Director Karissa Vieth.

The event drew in hundreds of Mike Huckabee supporters—which was kind of the idea.

But Pregnancy Center staff are hopeful those same people will leave tonight as supporters of the non–profit organization as well.

“It’s been nice to see the different statistics about the number of people they’ve helped and babies they’ve saved,” said attendee Susan Wooster.

“I feel very fortunate that Lincoln has this facility,” she added.

The Pregnancy Center is hoping to raise enough money tonight to buy a second ultrasound machine.