Robert Novak on the Possibility of Sebelius as Obama's Running Mate: "A Vice President for Abortion"
(Hat tip: Brian Saint-Paul at InsideCatholic)
Columnist Robert Novak writes on Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' abortion connections:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese covers northeast Kansas, on May 9 called on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to stop taking Communion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising star of the Democratic Party, often described as a "moderate" and perhaps the leading prospect to become Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate.My Comments:
Naumann also took Sebelius to task for her veto April 21 of a bill, passed two to one by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, which would strengthen the state's ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party's pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius' connection with abortion is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has been involved in laundering abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats. Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making Kathleen Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.
... Sebelius sits at the apex of a complicated Kansas financing system involving the famous abortion provider Dr. George Tiller of Wichita. She controls Bluestem Fund PAC, distributing money to Kansas Democratic candidates. Tiller, one of the few American doctors still performing late-term abortions, contributed $120,000 to the Democratic Governors Association in 2006, which has given $200,000 to Bluestem.
In her 2006 abortion veto statement, Sebelius declared: "My Catholic faith teaches me that life is sacred. Personally, I believe abortion is wrong." Yet, a year later, Sebelius invited Tiller and his staff to a party at the governor's mansion. She thanked Tiller for his generosity in financing her election and Morrison's. In May 2007, Sebelius was featured at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Kansas City, Mo.
Sebelius as the running mate of a presidential candidate who is 101% "pro-choice" seems to be a perfect match for the Party of Death. Moloch would be ecstatic.
The only catch is that Obama has made winning the Catholic vote a top priority, and I don't see picking someone who has been interdicted from receiving Communion by her Bishop as particularly conducive to that effort.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Q and A With Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Bill Donohue: "Catholic Left Hangs Itself"
Archbishop Chaput: Thoughts on “Roman Catholics for Obama ’08”
"Catholic Democrats" Attack "Registered Republican Archbishop of Kansas City" for "Using Communion" to "Take Down" Sebelius
Archbishop Naumann to Kansas Gov. Sebelius: Stop Taking Communion, Publicly Apologize [UPDATED]