President Obama May Name Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius as Health Secretary
by Steven Ertelt
February 8, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Kathleen Sebelius, the pro-abortion governor of Kansas who has been criticized for supporting late-term abortions, is now seen as the most likely pick for Health Secretary. Should President Barack Obama select her, it would add to his growing pro-abortion record as president.
Obama must find a new Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department because his previous selection, pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle, removed his name from consideration after a scandal over his not paying taxes properly.
Pro-life groups complained about the Daschle nomination because the senator backed abortion and could craft a federal health care plan for Obama promoting abortions.
Such a health care plan could cover abortions with taxpayer funds or require insurance companies to cover abortions in their plans.
With Sebelius on board, those same concerns would remain, given her very close ties with abortion advocates.
Sebelius is most notorious for her close relationship with late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, who has escaped prosecution and accountability thus far for allegedly repeatedly violating state abortion laws.
He’s done so in part because of the lax standards of Sebelius and her political cronies, to whom Tiller has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. Governor Sebelius vetoed a bill last April that the legislature approved that would have strengthened the state’s limits on late-term abortions.
That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other pro-life legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Sebelius went as far as to coordinate a secret event with Tiller at the governor’s mansion that was criticized because her staff failed to officially report the event.
Her position favoring abortion is so radical and extreme that Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City called on her to stop receiving communion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion.
A potential post in the Obama administration would help pro-life efforts in Kansas if only by removing Sebelous from office. It may also mean she will not run for Senate in 2010, where she was seen as a leading contender for the seat of pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback, who is expected to run for governor.
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is also under consideration for the post.
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