Pro-Abortion Howard Dean Won’t Stay as Democratic Chair, May Get HHS Slot
by Steven Ertelt
November 11, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocate Howard Dean says he is not seeking a second term as the chairman of the national Democratic Party. Instead, he could be tapped as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the upcoming Barack Obama administration.
Dean has said he will not seek a second term as chair of the Democratic National Committee when his term expires in January.
The decision isn’t surprising as newly-elected presidents typically install their own people into the leadership slots of the national party after their victory, though Dean said he would leave regardless of the outcome of the election.
The New York Times mentioned Dean has been discussed in Washington as a potential replacement for pro-life HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt.
Dean as the secretary of the influential department would mean a 180 degree change in the philosophy there.
Leavitt has been finalizing plans for new rules to protect the rights of doctors, medical centers and medical professionals who don’t want to be involved in abortions.
Dean, on the other hand, worked at Planned Parenthood during medical school and included abortions in the health care plan he instituted as governor of Vermont.
"As Governor, Dean’s universal health care proposal included $5.00 abortions for everybody," Vermont Right to Life executive director Mary Beerworth told LifeNews.com previously.
Dean, who failed to win the presidential primary nomination in 2004, has said Democrats are not pro-abortion but "we are the party in favor of allowing women to make up their own minds about their health care."
Dean took the reins of the party from former chairman Terry McAuliffe, who backed abortion and used the issue of abortion and judicial appointments to bash President Bush during the 2004 presidential race.
McAuliffe is now examining the possibility of running for governor in Virginia.
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