Monday, February 09, 2009

LifeNews: President Obama May Name Pro-Abort Catholic Kathleen Sebelius as Health Secretary

(Hat tip: American Papist)

LifeNews reports:
Washington, DC ( -- Kathleen Sebelius, the pro-abortion governor of Kansas who has been criticized for supporting late-term abortions, is now seen as the most likely pick for Health Secretary. Should President Barack Obama select her, it would add to his growing pro-abortion record as president.

Obama must find a new Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department because his previous selection, pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle, removed his name from consideration after a scandal over his not paying taxes properly.

Pro-life groups complained about the Daschle nomination because the senator backed abortion and could craft a federal health care plan for Obama promoting abortions.

Such a health care plan could cover abortions with taxpayer funds or require insurance companies to cover abortions in their plans.

With Sebelius on board, those same concerns would remain, given her very close ties with abortion advocates.

Sebelius is most notorious for her close relationship with late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller, who has escaped prosecution and accountability thus far for allegedly repeatedly violating state abortion laws.

He's done so in part because of the lax standards of Sebelius and her political cronies, to whom Tiller has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. Governor Sebelius vetoed a bill last April that the legislature approved that would have strengthened the state's limits on late-term abortions.

That followed by a year her veto of a bill requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was preceded by vetoing other pro-life legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.

Her position favoring abortion is so radical and extreme that Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City called on her to stop receiving communion until she disowns her support for the "serious moral evil" of abortion.

A potential post in the Obama administration would help pro-life efforts in Kansas if only by removing Sebelous from office. It may also mean she will not run for Senate in 2010, where she was seen as a leading contender for the seat of pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback, who is expected to run for governor.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Sebelius Rips McCain's Choice of Palin

Archbishop Naumann: Gov. Sebelius a Bad Choice for Sen. Obama

Obama Set to Reignite Communion Controversy by Picking Sebelius as VP Nominee?

Fidelis on Abortion, Bishops, & Politics

Has Obama's Catholic Advisory Council Dissolved?

E.J. Dionne on Kmiec Being Denied Communion [UPDATED]

Amy Welborn on Abp. Naumann and Gov. Sebelius [UPDATED]

LA Slimes Columnist Defends Sebelius Against Bob Novak Op/Ed; Calls Opus Dei "Sinister" Organization with Fascist Ties

Robert Novak on the Possibility of Sebelius as Obama's Running Mate: "A Vice President for Abortion"

Q and A With Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

"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]

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At 2/09/2009 11:29 AM, Blogger Carlos Echevarria said...

I was right about to send you that pic and a link:

you probably have it.

At 2/10/2009 1:05 PM, Anonymous Michele said...

t seems to me that Obama is picking faux-Catholics on purpose for this position -first Daschle and when that didn't work, now Kathleen Sebelius. Health and Human Services is the place where a lot of abortion policy is made. I know that as a pro-lifer I have always look to see who was put in that position.

I believe that picking a pro-abortion Catholics is a strategy - like the strategy he used in the campaign with groups like Roman Catholics for Obama and men like Doug Kmiec running interference for him (another word for fooling average Catholics).

At 2/10/2009 3:10 PM, Blogger LargeBill said...


I believe in addition to being Kansas' governor she is the daughter of our former governor (Jim Gilligan). I do take some exception with calling her a Catholic even with the pro-abort modifier. If someone is pro-abort then by that very fact they are not Catholic.


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