Pro-Life Advocates Blast Senate Confirmation of Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius
by Steven Ertelt
April 29, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Senate confirmation of pro-abortion Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius as President Barack Obama’s health secretary isn’t going over well with pro-life groups. They are concerned about the effect Sebelius will have on abortion policies ranging from health care to conscience protections.
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called the confirmation vote just the beginning of the abortion battle.
"Her confirmation does not bring this fight to an end. The public outcry against this nomination has been strong and growing and it will continue to build," he told LifeNews.com.
Perkins said hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates contacted their senators urging opposition to Sebelius and he expected more to engage in the coming battles.
"We will work to ensure that health care ‘reform’ is not infected with Sebelius’s pro-abortion views," he explained. "The American people will not accept public funding of abortion as ‘health care’ or the crushing of conscience rights, which will drive medical personnel from their fields."
Obama has already proposed overturning the additional conscience protections the Bush administration put in place to make sure medical centers and professionals aren’t forced to be involved in abortions.
One pro-life group for doctors is also concerned about the outcome of the Sebelius vote.
Dr. Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, representing more than 2,500 such doctors, told LifeNews.com that her organization "has serious concern over the Health and Human Services ongoing ability to make objective decisions in protecting the health of all Americans."
Gov. Sebelius pro-choice ideological leadership will likely taint the HHS mission to help those who are least able to help themselves and put into jeopardy the very heart of do no harm Hippocratic medicine," she said.
Troy Newman, president of the pro-life activist group Operation Rescue, which helped lead the fight to expose Sebelius’ pro-abortion record, told LifeNews.com that the vote is "obviously a step in the wrong direction for our nation."
"With Sebelius, we can expect to see increased protections for predatory abortionists, taxpayer funded abortions, and rationed health care that could cost lives," he said.
Mary Kay Culp, the head of Kansans for Life, which also provided extensive information on what Sebelius did in her home state, said "the nomination process shed some light on the extreme nature of Gov. Sebelius’ views."
She says she is also worried about what Sebelius will do on other issues of concern to pro-life advocates — ranging from embryonic stem cell research and human cloning to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
"Her extreme views are not limited to abortion. They extend to cloning and issues at the end of life," Culp added.
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