I'm sympathetic to the feelings of pro-life advocates. I don't know anyone who is pro-abortion. Few set out to have an abortion. But many are willing to fight for a woman's right to decide choose. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is one of those people. Yesterday's announcement she's going to fill the HHS position Daschle back out of was hardly a surprise for those of following closely. To show how common knowledge the announcement was, two pro-life organizations had already sent out press-release trashing the decision. They are worth reading:
Tom McClusky, Senior Vice President, Family Research CouncilI can't imagine how hard it'd be to decide to have an abortion, and I know that many pro-choice advocates mock the religious practices to that lead pro-lifers to their positions. But sharp words by these organizations do not help. Are they not aware that the President is pro-choice, most of the democratic congress is pro-choice, and polling shows most Americans believe abortion should be legal on some level.
Governor Sebelius's record as Governor, a state representative, and a close ally of abortionists like the notorious George Tiller (whom she threw a party for in the Governor's mansion) leaves no doubt she will be a strong advocate for abortion disguised as "health care."
While a state representative, Mrs. Sebelius fought continually against parental notification, abortion waiting periods, and informed consent. As governor she twice vetoed abortion clinic regulation legislation and also a bill seeking to curb late-term abortions. If President Obama is serious about appointing Governor Sebelius to head HHS, (written before the appointment) he will be openly declaring war on the millions of Americans who support life.
Andrea Lafferty,Executive Director, Traditional Values Coalition
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius should not be considered for Secretary of Health & Human Services. She has a long history of support for the abortion industry in Kansas, including the notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller.
In fact, in 2007, she held a secret food and wine reception for Tiller at the Governor’s Mansion after he’d been the highest bidder at an auction sponsored by the Women’s Political Caucus – a pro-abortion group.
Making the Kansas Governor’s Mansion available to the highest bidder shows incredibly poor judgment. No political group should be able to use a taxpayer-owned Governor’s residence, as the hook for any organization’s fundraising.
Sebelius has stated that she’s worked to keep abortions rare and safe, but this is false. She has done everything in her power to protect the notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller and Planned Parenthood from prosecution for felony crimes! In 2007, she vetoed a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, vetoed legislation that would have saved the lives of babies who were victims of botched abortions, and she vetoed other pro-life legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Sebelius picked up the support of her ultra conservative senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts. Does this mean of these organizations are going to mellow in their opposition to Sebelius nomination. It's not likely. What these groups don't get is their word hurt their cause. There best options at this point is to forge alliances with the Obama administration in attempt to lower the abortion rate. This is a very serious time in the health debate and all sides are needed to get in through. This isn't possible with these supporters. It's all definites. You're with us or against us. And if you're against us you're a baby killer. This is better than years past when doctors were killed and clinics were bombed. But the dangerous discourse will only alienate you further from the mainstream and non of your ideas will be enacted.
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