On Monday, March 2, 2009, President Barack Obama is expected to announce his nominee for the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), current Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic who is radically pro-abortion.
In six years as governor, Sebelius has vetoed four separate pieces of pro-life legislation, including one in 2008 that would have provided women seeking abortions in the last weeks of a pregnancy with information about alternatives. The bill would also have instituted regulations designed to prevent coerced abortions, especially among minors. (Victims of incest are often coerced by their abusers into aborting children conceived during incest in order to cover up the crime.)
That is one reason why Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann has warned Governor Sebelius that she should refrain from receiving Holy Communion, declaring that, under Sebelius's rule, Kansas has become "infamous for being the late-term abortion center for the Midwest." But Sebelius's connections to abortion run even deeper. A key donor to her political campaigns is Dr. George Tiller, who specializes in late-term abortions. According to reports, Tiller has performed over 60,000 abortions.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sebelius was rumored to be on the short list of possible Democratic vice-presidential candidates. Controversy over Sebelius's radical pro-abortion stand seems to have played a role in Obama's choice of Delaware Senator (and Catholic) Joseph Biden, whose own pro-abortion views seem moderate in comparison.
But the choice of Governor Sebelius to head HHS is, if anything, even worse. It not only shows that the Obama administration will be more strongly committed to abortion than even the Clinton administration, but it also signals a willingness to confront the Catholic Church on the question of unborn life. As Catholic League President William Donohue stated last night on the CBS Evening News, "for Obama to choose somebody who sews such division within the Catholic community to head HHS really is an insult to Catholics."
(Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius attends a "Women For Obama" town hall meeting at the Macomb County Community College, August 19, 2008, in Warren, Michigan. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)