Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the nation’s most pro-abortion governor, is President Obama’s new choice to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the largest of the government agencies and the one handling most of the nation’s social conservative policy issues.
Like President Obama, Mrs. Sebelius has embraced pro-life rhetoric in an attempt to camouflage her radical record on the abortion issue. When faced with a choice between abortion rights and other women’s rights, Sebelius generally backed the women’s rights position, thus seeming to reject a pro-abortion position. When Sebelius vetoed legislation requiring disclosure on information from providers of late-term abortions, her colleagues suggested that she feared the legislation would compromise women’s medical privacy. She signed a bill, commonly called “Alexa’s Law,” that would criminalize violence on a fetus; she also signed a bill requiring abortion providers to submit fetal tissue samples when the mother is younger than 14 years of age. Republicans in Kansas explain that the governor signed the legislation only because it was part of a mega package containing other legislation that she supported.
Her record is important because at HHS, Gov. Sebelius would in be charge of health care concerns, with influence on federal and state policies on a wide variety of controversial issues, including abortion policies, parental notification, conscience rights protections, and destructive embryonic stem cell research. She has taken extreme positions on preventing third-term abortions and protection against born alive abortions. Sebelius vetoed “every piece of legislation aimed at a ‘woman’s right to know’ about abortions, including legislation on statistical reporting and on requiring women to look at sonograms before going through with the procedure.” In addition, Sebelius was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, and they conducted fundraising campaigns for her election.