Pro-Abortion Catholics United Starts Organization to Defend Health Pick Sebelius

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 1, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Catholics United Starts Organization to Defend Health Pick Sebelius

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 1
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Just as Catholics United covered up President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record during the presidential elections, the fake Catholic group is now covering up the pro-abortion record of his choice for Health Secretary, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius has been accurately pegged as a hardcore abortion advocate by pro-life groups.

With her close relationship to late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, her repeated vetoes of any legislation to limit or reduce abortions, and her numerous pro-abortion appointments, there is little reason for Catholics to endorse her nomination.

But Catholics United responded to the Saturday news that Obama is naming Sebelius on Monday as his Health Secretary by creating a new group called "Catholics for Sebelius."

In a press statement, the group says "26 Catholic leaders, scholars and theologians" have "publicly expressed support for the nomination of Governor Sebelius as the next HHS secretary."

The statement claims Sebelius has engaged in "successful efforts at reducing abortion in Kansas" even though she has done nothing to abortions.

"As faithful Catholics we proudly offer our support to Governor Kathleen Sebelius," the statement goes on to say. "We believe Governor Sebelius’ record of … significantly reducing the abortion rate in Kansas makes her an excellent candidate for HHS Secretary."

In fact, the Kansas health department showed a 6.5 percent increase in abortions from 2005 to 2006. Sebelius repeatedly vetoed legislation that has proven in other states to reduce abortions in large numbers.

In the statement backing Sebelius, Catholics United not only downplays how Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City called on her to stop receiving communion until she disowned her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion, but makes it appear Naumann didn’t call her to task on her pro-abortion stance.

"The governor has had disagreements over public policy with leaders in her Church. Yet their disagreement has never been over the morality of abortion, but over what prudential policy is best in dealing with abortion in Kansas," the group claimed.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has made it clear where Sebelius stands in the face of Catholic pro-life teachings.

“Sebelius’ support for abortion is so far off-the-charts that she has been publicly criticized by the last three archbishops of Kansas City," he explained in a statement sent to

"In 1992, when Sebelius was a state legislator, Archbishop Ignatius Strecker rebuked her for leading what he dubbed a ‘death-march of the unborn,’" he explained. "When Sebelius became governor in 2003, Archbishop James Keleher, citing her abortion record, asked her to move her inauguration interfaith service from Topeka’s Assumption Catholic Church. She refused."

Donohue says Obama’s nomination heightens the issue of pro-abortion Catholics taking high profile public offices.

"The Pope admonished House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on this issue," he said. "Now we have the specter of another pro-abortion Catholic stiffing the Catholic Church."

Donohue concluded: "This is setting up a confrontation that pro-life Catholics will not walk away from. It is also setting up a battle between those Catholics who are honestly pro-life, and those who feign a pro-life position while always embracing the likes of Sebelius."

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