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Pro-Abortion HHS Secretary Sebelius to Stay in Obama Admin

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/9/13 7:52 PM

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Abortion. Obamacare. The HHS mandate. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been the main thorn in the side of pro-life advocates ever since accepting the nomination to become President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Department secretary.

And she’s staying on during Obama’s second term.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will stay in her post, a White House official said Wednesday.

Several of President Obama’s top Cabinet officials have either stepped down or announced their plans to do so relatively soon, as is common at the beginning of a president’s second term.

But the White House official said Sebelius — along with Attorney General Eric Holder and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki — will be sticking around.

Sebelius’s decision isn’t surprising. She was expected to stay on at least through next year, when the biggest components of the Affordable Care Act are set to take effect.

It could be difficult for a new secretary to win Senate confirmation, given the rough road Senate Republicans have laid out for healthcare nominees since President Obama’s signature reform was signed into law.

Sebelius came under fire last year for for campaigning for Obama. Fresh from a report showing she broke the law in advocating for President Barack Obama’s re-election, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius headed to the campaign trail.

Sebelius faced no punishment for her actions, despite calls for her to step down.

Despite the violation, the report did not suggest the Obama administration take any action against the pro-abortion HHS secretary.

According to Fox News, White House spokesman Eric Schultz explained in a statement what Sebelius will be put through additional training but will not be punished.

“As the Office of Special Counsel has noted, these were extemporaneous remarks, the Health and Human Services Department has since reclassified the event to meet the correct standard, the U.S. Treasury has been reimbursed and Secretary Sebelius has met with ethics experts to ensure this never happens again,” Schultz said. “This error was immediately acknowledged by the Secretary, promptly corrected and no taxpayer dollars were misused.”

He said the administration holds itself “to the highest ethical standards.”

Following the news, Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association told LifeNews they are calling for the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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“Throughout her tenure at Health and Human Services, most of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ actions have advanced the President’s political interests,” they said. “We already know she is willing to violate the First Amendment rights of Americans for political purposes, so why should we be surprised when she bends other laws to score political points? In violating the Hatch Act, Secretary Sebelius has made it clear that her concern with the reelection of President Obama supersedes her professional integrity, and she cannot be trusted to implement ObamaCare given her partisan political nature.”

They added: “Kathleen Sebelius should resign; it is unfair for her to oversee a new entitlement program that impacts 1/7th of the American economy when she is unable to adhere to federal law.”

Previously, pro-life advocates exposed the role Sebelius had in a document shredding scandal that saw her administration’s Attorney General shred documents important to a case concerning Planned Parenthood.