Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius Held Secret Event With Late-Term Abortionist

State   Steven Ertelt   May 28, 2008   |   9:00AM    WASHINGTON, DC

Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius Held Secret Event With Late-Term Abortionist

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 28
, 2008

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is getting flack from a pro-life group for supposedly holding a secret party at the governor’s mansion with an infamous late-term abortion practitioner. Sebelius reportedly invited George Tiller and his abortion center staff for a party at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion.

Rumors of the party have circulated for months and first appeared in print when nationally syndicated columnist Bob Novak mentioned them in an article saying Sebelius’ pro-abortion views would fit with those of Barack Obama.

On Wednesday, Operation Rescue told LifeNews.com the rumors were true and produced pictures of the event appearing to show Sebelius with Tiller.

The pro-life group said the lavish April 2007 event came at a time when Tiller was under investigation by the attorney general’s office.

The group said an anonymous source provided it with 27 pictures of the event, reported that Tiller and his abortion center staff were the only ones invited, and indicated they dined on a menu of steak and lobster.

Operation Rescue filed a request for information made under the Kansas Open Records Act concerning the cost and source of funding for this event. It indicated it received scant information concerning four unrelated events held at Cedar Crest during March and April of 2007, but no mention of the Tiller soiree.

Troy Newman, the head of the group, told LifeNews.com it is considering legal action alleging Sebelius’ office is in violation of the open records law by refusing to provide complete information.

"Is Gov. Sebelius illegally concealing a taxpayer-funded gala honoring Tiller?" he asked. "The public has a right to know."

Newman says the event underscores the way in which Tiller has funded pro-abortion candidates, including Sebelius, giving them an opportunity for power in an otherwise pro-life state and elevating Sebelius to national prominence.

"Sebelius’ office arrogantly believes that they can keep her strong ties to Tiller a secret, but their efforts to keep the truth from the public have only exposed their corruption," he said. "Sebelius would not be governor today if not for Tiller’s financial support. She owes him her career."

Those ties have resulted in a failure to prosecute Tiller for everything from supposedly illegal late-term abortions to killing a disabled Texas girl in a botched abortion.

"Every agency in Kansas that could hold Tiller accountable for illegal late-term abortions, from the Board of Healing Arts to the Kansas Supreme Court to the Attorney General, are all laced with Sebelius appointees. It is little wonder that they all have done nothing but stall and obstruct efforts to prosecute him," Newman concluded.