*Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee compared abortion to slavery while speaking at a fundraiser for an anti-abortion group on Monday night, the University of Tennessee’s Daily Beacon reports.

“It was wrong to own a slave in Mississippi and Michigan,” explained the potential 2012 presidential contender on the thought of the issue being addressed on the state level. “This is not a states issue.”

The remarks from Huckabee came in the event’s keynote speech. The fundraiser was held for the Center for Bioethical Reform at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Tennessee-based station WBIR reports that Huckabee described abortion as an issue that “transcends all political issues.” According to the local outlet, he told the audience, “I often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life.”

WBIR reports that protesters demonstrated outside the event because “the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform is known for posting images of aborted fetuses on the UT campus as part of its anti-abortion campaign.”

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