Pro-Life Groups Up Opposition to Likely Pro-Abortion Obama Health Pick Sebelius
by Steven Ertelt
February 24, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Leading pro-life groups are ramping up their opposition to the pro-abortion Kansas governor President Barack Obama is considering selecting to become Health Secretary. White House officials have confirmed, although reports later downplayed, that Obama is planning to select Kathleen Sebelius.
The governor has a record supporting abortion and cozying up to a late-term abortion practitioner that rivals any other state leader’s.
Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, emailed a statement to LifeNews.com on Tuesday explaining how Sebelius would be a poor choice to direct the future of health care.
"Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure as Kansas’ governor is mired in scandals tied to her relationship with abortionists, from her hand-picked attorney general resigning in a sex-soaked scandal to using her office to benefit a controversial late-term abortionist," she said.
"Sebelius vetoed every common sense bill to regulate abortion – including safety regulations on clinics to ensure women are not harmed – and held a private party in the governor’s mansion for notorious abortionist George Tiller," Wright added.
The result of Sebelius’ actions backing unlimited abortions and refusing to support any limits on them?
"Not surprisingly, the number of abortions increased in Kansas during Sebelius’ time as governor," Wright explains.
Wright says Sebelius won the governorship with large donations from Tiller, who is currently on trial for allegedly doing illegal abortions.
She appointed abortion practitioner Howard Ellis – who gave up his medical license in Missouri to avoid disciplinary action – to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. That’s the agency that is responsible for monitoring medical staff and centers to make sure they comply with the law. Ellis was later charged by the Board with attempting to persuade a physician to falsify records.
Sebelius also appointed a supporter of Tiller’s political action committee and pro-abortion activist to the Human Rights Commission, which pro-life advocates considered an irony.
Wright also said Sebelius’ hand-picked attorney general, Paul Morrison, ran for office as a defender of the abortion industry. After only a few months in office, he was forced to resign amidst reports of having sex in public buildings with a subordinate and abusing his authority to obstruct the investigation of abortion practitioners."Sebelius’ track record of giving preferential treatment to abortionists who are under investigation for criminal activity makes her a dangerous choice to be overseer of the country’s top agency for health and human services," stated Wright.
Meanwhile, the Kansas-based pro-life group Operation Rescue, which originally exposed much of the record Wright noted, has also ratcheted up its efforts to oppose Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The group told LifeNews.com that it has published a new page on its web site chronicling her lengthy pro-abortion record.
"This is a pre-emptive strike meant to head off Sebelius’ nomination," said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. "The documentation we present proves that she is unfit to serve."
Newman’s group also notes Sebelius’ politically-motivated meddling in a Medical Board investigation of Tiller regarding the botched abortion death of Christin Gilbert.
"If Obama appoints Gov. Sebelius to the Department of Health and Human Services, he might as well be appointing George Tiller, because Tiller is the one that will be pulling her strings," Newman said.
"Sebelius’ involvement in Kansas abortion scandals and her indebtedness to the corrupt abortion lobby makes her unfit to serve," he added.
Newman urges pro-life advocates to contact their senators now urging opposition to Sebelius, if nominated.
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