Huckabee is getting ready to run, that means he has to change his sensible ideas into red meat to feed his base. Which doesn't care about illegitimate children after they are born, and no one in the Republican party is pushing respect for education, that might make their uneducated followers feel bad, and if they have subsistence jobs, you want to tell them how good it is to be poor and have health care, when they can't afford it.
It is not the story we are seeing because anti-choice people present people like Bristol Palin who talk about abstinence with their adorable little baby in their arms. And teens don't see the tough time, they see the cute baby.
But in the rest of the world, we do all see the problems of unwed teen motherhood, a well publicized study last summer concluded that 43% of all unwed mothers will not ever get out of poverty level incomes.
His behavior is one we see more often now that those TP appealing members have taken office, what you couldn't run on to win, you de-fund so your social agenda is met with or without the approval of the people.