Lobbyist for Late-Term Abortion Practitioner Tiller Praises Kathleen Sebelius Nod
by Steven Ertelt
March 4, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A lobbyist for late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller is praising President Barack Obama’s nomination of pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius as his Health Secretary. Sebelius has had a long and controversial relationship with the embattled abortion practitioner during her tenure as Kansas governor.
In an editorial posted on the pro-abortion blog Rh Reality Check, Julie Burkhart, who recently made a false threat against a pro-life advocate, praises the Sebelius nomination.
Burkhart calls the selection a reason for abortion activists to "breathe a sigh of relief" and she claimed Sebelius has "proven herself again and again to a broad spectrum of Kansans" by promoting abortion at every turn.
She complains that "the anti-choice extremists are at it again" and "her nomination has brought about a barrage of anti-choice inflammatory rhetoric."
Burkhart claims pro-life advocates are wrong and that Sebelius’ words should speak louder than her actions.
"The notion that Sebelius is an ‘extremist’ is preposterous," the Tiller lobbyist writes. "In a statement she released regarding her veto of an anti-abortion bill, she emphatically stressed her personal opposition to abortion and her commitment to reducing the abortion rate in Kansas."
"What the anti-choice leaders fail to see is that their absolutism and so-called purity on this one issue – women’s rights – is one of extremism," she writes. "Their absolutist, fanatical approach has led them nowhere but to the fringes."
But pro-life advocates would argue that it is Sebelius who is on the fringe by virtue of her close friendship and working relationship with one of the few men in the nation to do late-term abortions.
Sebelius won the governorship with large donations from Tiller, who is currently on trial for allegedly doing illegal abortions.
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.
Sebelius’ hand-picked attorney general, Paul Morrison, ran for office as a defender of Tiller and 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.
Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, has noted the Sebelius-Tiller connection.
"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.
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