SEBELIUS WILL OVERSEE AMERICA'S HEALTH REFORM,
BUT HOW FAR WILL SHE PRESS HER ALLEGIENCE TO ABORTIONISTS?
April 6, 2009
President Barack Obama's nominee to be Health and Human Services Secretary is a long-time advocate for a woman's right to choose. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' record in support of the abortion industry is long and unanimous.
Sebelius went before the Senate Finance Committee on Friday, her second committee hearing leading toward her confirmation. Earlier last week, She faced questioning by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Unfortunately, during Tuesday’s hearing, Sebelius was not pressed for detailed answers about her ties to the abortion industry. Sadly, she wasn't asked key questions about her views on the Hyde Amendment, parental notification, the Right of Conscience for Health Care Providers and
As Secretary of Health and Human Services,
Sebelius will oversee massive efforts to reform the national
healthcare system. She will be involved in critical policy decisions
that affect American taxpayers, including deciding whether or not
abortion will be subsidized on the taxpayers’ dime. The most recent
debate over protecting health care providers’ right of conscience
will also fall under her purview
Sebelius has a long record as Kansas governor, and she should be held to account for it. The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Max Baucus (D-Montana) and ably assisted by far-left liberals like New York's Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez of New Jersey failed to ask important questions about funding this divisive issue. The time to ask those tough questions have now past. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) lobbed softballs for questions to her without once mentioning abortion, but worse, non of the seven Republican members bothered to asked many of the important questions that should be on the minds of any conservative thinker. If I were a senator, or if I had a cattle prod pointed at the rear ends of the GOP members of this body I would have had these questions posed:
As far as the Hyde Amendment (Taxpayer-Funded Abortions) is concerned:
1) For the past several decades, the Hyde
Amendment has restricted federal taxpayer funding for abortions.
Abortion groups have listed overturning the Hyde Amendment among
their priorities for the new administration. As Secretary of Health
and Human Services, would you advocate to overturn the Hyde
Amendment and expand taxpayer funding for abortion?
2) Abortion groups have lobbied for the inclusion of abortion coverage in any national healthcare plans. Should efforts to reform national healthcare include taxpayer-funded coverage for elective abortions?
Senator Warner couldn't ask these questions because he stands lock step in line with Sebelius. Leave that up to some medieval conservative, he must have thought.
As far as protecting the Right of Conscience for Health Care Providers these questions he could have asked:
3) Our country is facing a critical shortage of
health care providers in key fields, and amid this crisis, health
care professionals are being systematically pressured to violate
In August 2008, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) took long-overdue action to address a growing crisis of abortion-related discrimination that could force thousands of conscientious healthcare professionals out of medicine. After several months of public comment on its proposed regulation, in December 2008 HHS finalized a regulation that made clear the protections offered by three civil rights laws passed by Congress with bipartisan support.
The civil rights laws declare that American tax dollars will not fund programs in which healthcare professionals are fired, penalized or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of their ethical stance related to abortion and other morally controversial issues.
However, in March 2009, following protests from abortion special interest groups, the Obama administration officially declared plans to rescind the conscience-protecting regulation. The administration has, as required by law, called for a public comment period, which ends on April 9, 2009.
Will you continue to advance the rules process currently in motion to repeal existing conscience protections for medical professionals?
4) Just last week, a physician and former lawyer for Planned Parenthood, Julie Cantor, published a piece in the "New England Journal of Medicine" in opposition to continuing the Conscience Protections. In it, she argues that those with moral objections to certain medical procedures in the field of women’s health have an obligation to avoid the field entirely, in order to spare patients the “burden” of their conscientious objection. Do you agree with that argument?
As far as Parental Notification Laws are concerned, no senator asked her
5) Why did you veto legislation that would have
helped prevent the covering up of statutory rape and encourage the
role of parental guidance for young girls considering abortions? or
6) Should parents be notified or required to give consent when minor children consider abortions?
How about late-term abortions? The infamous
late-term abortionist George Tiller just finished his trial before a
Kansas Jury, and though acquitted still faces review from the Kansas
State Board of Healing Arts. Tiller faced 19 charges of violating a
Kansas law that requires all abortions on a post-viable baby to be
approved by a second, financially independent doctor.
Tiller now faces an investigation by the Kansas State Board of Health, which is reviewing 11 charges of the same violations of law. The board, which regulates doctors, could revoke, suspend or limit Tiller's medical license, or fine him.
A review of the medical records of Tiller’s abortions indicate that at times, Tiller approved abortions under the guise of concerns for the mother’s ‘mental health,’ while the actual reasons given included wanting to go to attend rock concerts, the prom or compete in the rodeo season. Tiller even performed abortions on children that were as young as 10 years old, without filing reports to the authorities in regard to their statutory rape.
Why wasn't Sebelius asked:
7) Is it unreasonable to require abortionists to provide explicit medical reasoning for each abortion provided to a patient? and
8) Should George Tiller have his medical license revoked?
Kathleen Sebelius twice vetoed legislation that
would have placed safety standards on abortion facilities and
procedures. These bi-partisan pieces of legislation mirrored the
standards currently in place in every existing Planned Parenthood
Organizations have documented the horrifying conditions in some Kansas clinics including blood-stained carpets, dirty instruments, and the remains of aborted fetuses in the same refrigerator as food. The laws Sebelius vetoed would have made the standards used by Planned Parenthood applicable to all abortion clinics performing more than five first-trimester abortions each year.
Federal courts have upheld the regulation of abortion clinics numerous times. The Supreme Court ruled in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that, states have a legitimate interest in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under circumstances that ensure maximum safety for the patient. This reasoning was repeated in subsequent cases, including Greenville Women's Clinic v. Bryant, which found that states are within their rights to provide special regulations for abortion clinics, because abortion is rationally distinct from other medical procedures. The ruling Tuscon Womens Clinic v. Eden further found that regulations may be created to address the specifics of the abortion procedure, beyond general licensing for individual physicians.
Here was another question for Sebelius:
9) Why did you veto legislation that would have established standards for abortion clinics, even though federal courts have upheld the state’s right to designate special standards for abortion clinics?
Finally, during the 2006 elections for Attorney
General, Governor Sebelius hand-picked Paul Morrison to run as
Kansas Attorney General. She funded a large amount of his campaign
and oversaw his work in bringing charges against George Tiller.
Morrison was forced to resign in December of 2007 when it became
public that he had been involved in an extramarital affair.
According to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal, Morrison used
his affair with a woman at the district attorney’s office to unduly
influence the litigation District Attorney Phil Kline was bringing
against Planned Parenthood.
Sebelius also nominated abortionist Howard Ellis to serve on the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Ellis had only a few months prior surrendered his medical license in Missouri in order to evade a disciplinary hearing. The Kansas Board then forced him to resign and brought charges against him, relating to a Missouri case where he allegedly persuaded a physician to alter some medical records.
In light of this, here are two final questions that should have been explored:
10) In Washington, D.C. there is a common and telling saying with regard to staffing decisions: personnel is policy. Should Americans expect you to utilize the same standards you used to fill critical positions in Kansas when you make your staffing decisions at HHS?
11) President Obama has discussed the importance of reaching out to a wide variety of parties when tackling health care reform. Will there be a place for pro-life staff members on your team?
In reality, Kathleen Sebelius offers very little various from the views of Health and Human Service Secretary Donna Shelala who served under President Bill Clinton. It will be more of the same, at tax payers expense.
History reveals that those who would snuff out life, when it wasn't even considered life, were barbarians and infidels who proudly wore nicknames like "Nazi."
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.