Time To Take Harder Look at Kathleen Sebelius
by Jack Cashill
Published in WorldNetDaily.com – April 16, 2009
Calling it an “inadvertent omission”-a phrase that rings about as true in confirmation circles as “wardrobe malfunction”– Democratic Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius (at left) fessed up on Tuesday.
The Kansas governor conceded that through her PAC and her campaign, she has cashed not the reported $12,450 in checks from the nation’s most notorious late term abortionist, Dr. George Tiller, but some $40,000. (more…)
Sebelius, to summarize: “Do as I say, not as I do.”
The tax answer repeats what she’s said before, but here’s her responses to abortion questions (the full document is attached below):
I am personally opposed to abortion, and my faith teaches me that all life is sacred. Throughout my career as a public official I have tried to reduce unwanted pregnancies, and thus curtail the need for abortion. In Kansas, the abortion rate dropped over 10 percent during my administration. I also signed into law bills to support adoption…
In over two decades of service as a public official in Kansas, I have never recommended altering the laws regarding abortion. Congress has the power to make laws, and my job, if I am confirmed as Secretary, will be to implement them within the parameters of the courts‘ interpretation. Reproductive rights issues have been extensively debated in Congress and litigated in the courts, and I do not foresee a situation where related regulatory action would be taken absent congressional or court action. As Secretary, I will focus on common ground on this issue and will work with Congress to leverage the assets of the Department to reduce unintended pregnancies.
There’s another abortion bill on its way to what will probably still be the desk of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius when it gets there that, well, has become increasingly politically touchy.
The bill, passed to the governor by the state Senate just minutes before it adjourned the main portion of the 2009 legislative session, would require more specific information about late-term abortions. The specific requirement is that abortion providers diagnose-for the public record-exactly what life-threatening or life-changing malady a post-22 week abortion is performed to cure.
It also broadens the possibility of lawsuits against abortion providers-which essentially will insert the issue of abortion, not just who is “toughest” on crime, into every Kansas county and district attorney race on the ballot if the bill becomes law.
How to explain ardently antiabortion Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s early support for Kathleen Sebelius, an ardent abortion rights supporter and a fellow Kansan, to head the Department of Health and Human Services? Kansas courtesy—and the fact that Barack Obama won in November and gets to appoint whom he wants. At least that’s what the senator is saying publicly.
But two sources tell me that Brownback’s people have been making the case to antiabortion groups—especially those in Kansas—that there’s a strong political rationale for installing the Kansas governor in Washington. The move gets her out of Kansas, Brownback’s argument goes, heading off her expected run for the Senate in 2010. Which means the Sunflower State Senate seat that Brownback’s vacating for a gubernatorial run is likely to stay in Republican hands, since the Kansas Democratic Party doesn’t have another candidate who is half as popular as Sebelius. And that’s good for the antiabortion cause, according to the reasoning.
“It was much more important that the Senate seat remain red than it was that Brownback directly oppose Sebelius at HHS,” says one person familiar with the situation who would only speak anonymously, “given that Obama is going to be driving the HHS agenda regardless of who’s in charge.”
Last year, Planned Parenthood boasted in a Wall Street Journal story they would spend an unprecedented $10 million in the 2008 election cycle to make sure they elected strong allies at all levels of government. With the election of President Obama and a long chain of Planned Parenthood affiliated cabinet and staff members, the investment has paid off.
The crown jewel for Planned Parenthood’s portfolio is the appointment of Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas as Secretary of Health and Human Services, deceptively presented in an Associated Press article on February 28 as a lovable Democratic governor “reaching across the aisle” to do whatever she can to “minimize abortion;” the article even credits her with the 9% drop in abortions from 2002-2007.
As she now takes center stage, it is important that pro-lifers pull back the curtain and allow America an unfiltered look at what really went on in Kansas under the watch of Governor Sebelius in the state known as “the abortion capital of the world.”
On Wednesday’s KCMO Morning Show with Chris Stigall, Stigall singled out Kansas Senator Sam Brownback as a “liar” and portrayed him as untrustworthy and cowardly because of his support of the Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary. Brownback is known for his pro-life beliefs, and Sebelius is one of the most influential pro-abortion politicians in the country.
Stigall gave Roberts a pass for his support of Sebelius, in part because the two families have been friends for years.
A motion by Dr George Tiller’s lawyers to dismiss the criminal case against him was denied yesterday by Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens. This pre-trial motion sought to dismiss criminal charges against Dr. Tiller of Wichita, Kansas for allegedly violating a state law requiring an “independent” second physician’s concurring opinion before performing later term abortions. Tiller is an abortion provider who is one of the few late-term abortion providers in the US that serves women with troubled pregnancies and complicated health problems.
Current Kansas Attorney General Steve Six has criticized the investigation of Tiller by Kline, but has said the charges against Tiller should stand, according to the Associated Press. In his decision, Judge Owens wrote that Kline’s “procedures have certainly been questioned by the Kansas Supreme Court, but his conduct in the investigation does not merit the sanction of the dismissal of the charges or suppression of evidence, according to the Wichita Eagle.
Operation Rescue’s reaction:
KS Gov. Sebelius To Get HHS Nod; Obama Continues To Show Poor Judgment in Cabinet Picks
February 28th, 2009
Operation Rescue Vows to Oppose Sebelius’ Confirmation
Washington, DC – It is being widely reported this evening that President Barack Obama will nominate Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Monday.
“Obama’s lack of judgment when it comes to cabinet appointments is especially evident in his choice of Sebelius,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Operation Rescue vows to aggressively oppose Sebelius’ confirmation in the Senate. Her cozy connections to late-term abortionist George Tiller and involvement in numerous abortion scandals makes her unfit to serve.”
Sebelius has supported, and even partied with Tiller, who faces trial next month on 19 charges of criminal abortions.
For details of Sebelius’ extreme abortion entanglements visit Operation Rescue’s Sebelius Fact Page.
But lawyers for Tiller said in court documents that abortion records related to the case had been mailed to Kline’s new home in Virginia. That, they alleged, constituted a further demonstration of “outrageous” prosecutorial conduct by Kline, who, as Kansas Attorney General, first initiated the investigation of the Wichita clinic operator.
Tiller faces 19 criminal counts alleging violations of Kansas abortion law in Sedgwick County District Court. Judge Clark Owens is expected to rule soon on motions by Tiller’s lawyers that evidence be suppressed or the case dismissed. If the judge denies the motions, a trial is expected to begin March 16.
Caleb Stegall, a lawyer who has represented Kline in the past, said Kline had not requested the records and that a misunderstanding led to their mailing.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A group of more than 80 pro-life Congressional Republicans have issued a letter calling on President Barack Obama to back down from his pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act. Obama made the pledge in July 2007 at a Planned Parenthood event.
At the time, Obama said he would make the radical bill the first piece of legislation he would sign as president.
“The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” Obama said at the time. “On this fundamental issue, I will not yield. And Planned Parenthood will not yield.”
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio sent Obama the letter signed by his colleagues asking him to reverse his pledge to sign the FOCA bill that would make unlimited abortions the national law.