Pro-Life Group Says Obama Would Make Mistake With Pro-Abortion Sebelius

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Says Obama Would Make Mistake With Pro-Abortion Sebelius

by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 9
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A pro-life group that has been one of the leading monitors of pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says President Barack Obama would be making a mistake in appointing her as Health Secretary. Sebelius is reported to be on the top of the list of people Obama is considering for the cabinet position.

Obama needs a replacement for pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle, who had to remove his name from consideration after a tax scandal.

As has reported, Sebelius is now seen as the most likely pick for Health Secretary and she could have a significant impact on the abortion debate in that post.

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue says Sebelius would give pro-life advocates headaches in the top health position.

"Sebelius was first elected to the governor’s office with the help of huge campaign contributions from late-term abortionist George R. Tiller," he told

"Sebelius is joined at the hip with the abortion industry," he added. "She owes them her political career and has been more than willing to pay them back with personal favors that have shielded them from legislation and criminal prosecution. Her corrupt abortion politics make her unfit to serve." profiled several key pro-abortion moves and Newman mentioned others that cause him concern.

He says Sebelius meddled with an investigation by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts in the death of Christin Gilbert, who died from a botched abortion at Tiller’s Wichita clinic in January, 2005.

"The Board’s politically-motivated premature conclusions covered her veto of clinic regulations," Newman said. "The Board was recently asked to re-open that investigation due to political corruption and new evidence."

Sebelius attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser on the occasion of her birthday in May, 2007 where CEO Peter Brownlie led a conga-line dance in her honor during the party.

Brownlie’s clinic was later charged with 107 criminal counts of conducting illegal late-term abortions. Those charges are now pending.

Sebelius appointed a former abortion clinic "escort" John Carmichael, a militant supporter of Tiller’s political action committee ProKanDo, to the Human Rights Commission. His name was quietly withdrawn ten months later.

Sebelius appointed political supporter and abortion practitioner Howard Ellis to serve on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts after he surrendered his medical license in Missouri rather than face disciplinary action. Ellis resigned under pressure, and two months later was charged by the Board with attempting to persuade a physician to falsify records.

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