Catholics United Defends Likely Pro-Abortion Obama HHS Secretary Sebelius

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 20, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholics United Defends Likely Pro-Abortion Obama HHS Secretary Sebelius

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 20
, 2009

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Catholics United portrayed itself during the presidential election as a pro-life group yet it staunchly defended Barack Obama’s lengthy pro-abortion record. Now the fake pro-life group is defending Obama’s expected selection for Health Secretary, pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius’ pro-abortion record can’t be more clear.

She benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller and paid him back with a secret reception at the governor’s mansion and by repeatedly vetoing any limits on abortions.

But reading a new Catholics United press release, no one would know Sebelius has been the biggest thorn in the side of the Kansas pro-life community.

Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen criticized the pro-life commentary from the Catholic League on Sebelius’ record as "partisan and inflammatory."

Korzen claimed pro-life advocates, specifically CL’s director Bill Donohue is "omitting key facts about Gov. Sebelius’s record in preventing abortions in Kansas."

Korzen trumpeted "Sebelius’s tireless support for children’s health care and education" and claimed she has strongly supported pregnancy centers, though there is no evidence to support his claims.

Catholics United also claims abortions have declined under Sebelius, even though they actually went up 6.5 percent in 2006 thanks in part to Sebelius failing to support any abortion limits.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment report, there were 11,221 abortions in Kansas in 2006, up from 10,543 abortions in 2005.

Pro-life groups say the increase has to do with a lack of enforcement of laws limiting late-term abortions and a court’s decision to drop 30 misdemeanor charges against Tiller, who has been accused of doing the abortions without a legitimate medical reason.

Catholics United also criticized Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, who called on her to stop receiving communion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion.l

Korzen said Naumann "seems more interested in scoring political points against Gov. Sebelius than crafting effective abortion policy."

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