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Mike Huckabee Calls Natalie Portman's Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy 'Troubling'

Mike Huckabee Calls Natalie Portman's Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy 'Troubling'

Is Natalie Portman the new Murphy Brown? Conservative Republican Mike Huckabee slams Natalie Portman for being engaged and pregnant, although he lauded 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears for her decision to have a baby out of wedlock several years ago.

Is Natalie Portman the new Murphy Brown?

Antigay 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says the Oscar-winner is sending a bad message to single women everywhere that it's OK to have a baby out of wedlock.

"People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, 'We're not married, but we're having these children and they're doing just fine," Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved on his show Monday. "I think it gives a distorted image. It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children." 

Even though Portman is engaged to the father, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, he called her pregnancy "troubling" and said most single mothers don't have the resources to raise a baby without help.

"Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care," he said. "And that's the story that we're not seeing." 

As's Michael K. points out,  Huckabee applauded Britney Spears's little sister Jamie Lynn for deciding to keep her baby. She was just 16 years old at the time.

"Apparently, she's going to have the child, and I think that is the right decision, a good decision, and I respect that and appreciate it," he said. "I hope it is not an encouragement to other 16-year-olds who think that is the best course of action. But at the same time I'm not going to condemn her. It's a tragedy when a 16-year-old who is not really prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life is going to be now faced with all the responsibilities of honest-to-goodness adult life."

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