Not to draw any correlations (well maybe a little bit of a correlation), but I find it very interesting that former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was just confirmed as the Obama administration's new Secretary of Health and Human Services last night. The logic behind rushing her swearing in stemmed from the reality that with the potential Swine Flu pandemic on our hands, the country needed someone in this position as soon as possible. President Obama remarked following her swearing in ceremony:
I am thrilled to have Kathleen Sebelius as my new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Obviously, we have a lot to do to make sure that health care is affordable for the American people, to deal with critical issues like food safety. But we wanted to swear her in right away because we've got a significant public health challenge that requires her immediate attention, and that is the H1N1 flu outbreak that we've seen initially in Mexico and we now see over at -- got some cases here in the United States.
For quite some time there has been some turmoil around President Obama's nomination of Governor Sebelius to the highest healthcare post in America due to her incredibly strong pro-choice views. By incredibly strong, I mean that as Governor of Kansas, Sebelius consistently vetoed restrictions against late-term and partial birth abortions that are performed on babies from six to nine months. What Sebelius endorses goes far beyond the normal (read: shoddy) logic of those who support early abortion when the baby is considered a "fetus" and not an actual human being. Late-term abortions from six to nine months are treading on a very shady and shaky path. Concerns about Sebelius' record and less than ethical relationship with the notorious Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, one of the most prolific abortionists in the entire United States, had halted confirmation hearings up until recently. This Swine Flupalooza has given detractors and supporters just the right level of distraction needed to push through Sebelius' confirmation. I wouldn't normally point something like this out except that as the new HHS Secretary she is poised for tremendous influence of the wrong variety. Activist Lou Engle writes on his blog
(it's long but good stuff):
"Not only has Governor Sebelius supported Dr. Tiller’s practice, she has walked in political collusion with him, dined with him in the governors mansion and has received major funding for her democratic gubernatorial association from his extraordinarily lucrative business. Dr. Tiller’s wealth comes mainly from his expertise in the abortion of pre-born babies in their 6th-9th month of gestation.
Further, Sebelius vetoed bills that would have stopped Tiller’s practice, including one bill that would require Tiller to present medical justifications for all his late-term abortions (SB 389, titled the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act) and another that would enable prosecution or prevent illegal late-term abortions. It is very obvious when you see the funding stream from George Tiller’s lucrative practice to the political coffers of Governor Sebelius, $12,450 personally given from him and his wife and $120,000 from Tiller donated to the Democratic Governors Association in 2006. Interestingly, $200,000 from that same Democratic Governors Association went to a political action committee that Sebelius controls. She vetoed Bill HB2176 that would have demanded abortion clinics to attain to required health standards. She also voted to lesson restrictions on parental notification and informed consent.
President Obama wants a woman who has systematically disregarded the health of thousands of women and their unborn children by allowing late-term abortions to take charge of the nation’s health? How can someone so dismissive of human life be a health advocate for it?
Now, extraordinarily and providentially, Governor Sebelius’ Senate confirmation hearings will be held this week just as a case against Dr. Tiller goes to court in Kansas. Tiller is being charged with 19 counts of illegal late-term abortions after he claimed ignorance of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a federal bill signed into law in 2002 that protects children born alive from infanticide by abortion doctors.
Just as the Kansas-Nebraska Act was the turning point that fueled the Civil War, so now this present “Bleeding Kansas” could be another flash point to subpoena the conscience of the whole nation in this civil war over the horror of late-term abortions. Oh the irony of Tiller being tried for criminal wrongdoing, and Governor Sebelius who has sought to protect him from prosecution is heralded as a champion of healthcare.
Why should an abortion doctor be found guilty for criminal activity and a governor who has done everything to cover and protect that crime be exalted? Was it only the Auschwitz death camp workers who were guilty of killing the Jews or were the political leaders who sanctioned it guilty as well? The answer is obvious to anyone who has a heart.
Maybe in these two hearings America is really the one being brought to the high court of eternal justice and it is the nation’s conscience that is on trial. Certainly many senators will not compromise their convictions and vote against her confirmation. But, more importantly the American people will have eyes to see this most amazing juxtaposition of these two hearings and will be confronted with the appalling reality that is in the heartland.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius has shown her brazen support of late-term abortion in condoning the death into the 9th month of pregnancy, well beyond viability. If given a chance, these babies would be born and would live with breath in their own lungs! Health Secretary Sebelius won’t let that happen.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, 'Indeed I tremble for my country when I consider God is just, and His justice will not sleep forever.'"
None of this should come as a surprise given that President Obama has never minced words about being one of the strongest proponents of abortion we've seen in a president in quite some time. I can't help but think that folks on both sides of this debate have to come to terms with the reality that there is a very shady and unethical side of the abortion industry that needs to be called out. Unfortunately, I don't think Sebelius' confirmation is going to help the matter in the least. Let's hope I'm wrong. Until then, I'm riding out the sympathy I'm getting from my husband as I battle the regular old flu.
(Update 4/30): I just noticed my spellchecker accidentally replaced "Sebelius" with "Rebellious" in a few instances. Um, wow. Didn't know spellcheckers were capable of freudian slips. I think my spellchecker is on to something though.