New York Times:
Abortion may prove a lightning rod in her confirmation. Ms. Sebelius, a Catholic, vetoed a bill in 2006 that would have required clinics to report information about why women have late-term abortions.
“Personally, I believe abortion is wrong,” she wrote in the veto message, but she explained that she did not think the bill would help reduce abortions. The archbishop of Kansas City, Kan., said Ms. Sebelius should not seek communion.
Anti-abortion leaders also criticize her for hosting a reception at the governor’s mansion in 2007 attended by George Tiller, a Wichita doctor reported to have performed 60,000 abortions. At the time, Dr. Tiller was under investigation and now is about to go on trial for 19 misdemeanor charges of violating state restrictions on late-term abortions, according to news reports.
After her possible nomination became public, the Catholic League called her an “enemy of the unborn” and promised to fight confirmation. “We have the specter of another pro-abortion Catholic stiffing the Catholic Church,” Bill Donohue, the league president, said in a statement. “This is setting up a confrontation that pro-life Catholics will not walk away from.”
Although she lacks Washington experience, Sebelius is a veteran politician who learned the craft from her father, John J. Gilligan, and later her father-in-law, Keith Sebelius, a Kansas Republican who spent more than a decade in Congress. Kathleen Sebelius, a graduate of Trinity College in Washington, served eight years in the state legislature and was once a lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.