March 2nd, 2009
01:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Abortion, not resume, could dominate Sebelius confirmation

Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama listens to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius during a January 2008 rally.
Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama listens to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius during a January 2008 rally.

(CNN) - The congressional showdown over Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination to President Obama's Cabinet may focus less on her qualifications than on the issue of abortion, analysts said.

Obama on Monday nominated Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Cabinet nominations require Senate confirmation, and anti-abortion groups already are making their views known.

Analysts suspected that Obama would face a battle over abortion if and when he makes a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, but religious conservatives could use Sebelius as a warm-up for the seemingly inevitable fight.

Calling Sebelius an "enemy of the unborn," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the Kansas governor's nomination is particularly disturbing because the health and human services secretary is one of the few members of the administration who can directly affect abortion policy.

"Sebelius' support for abortion is so far off the charts that she has been publicly criticized by the last three archbishops of Kansas City," Donohue said in a statement.

"My Catholic faith teaches me that all life is sacred, and personally I believe abortion is wrong," she said then. "However, I disagree with the suggestion that criminalizing women and their doctors is an effective means of achieving the goal of reducing the number of abortions in our nation."

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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. deb in Colo

    I agree with "OH PLEASE" – she's not voting for squat here people.

    March 2, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Pro-CHOICE not Pro-Abortion!

    Gotta love that Catholic Church – run by MEN WHO DON'T HAVE SEX telling the rest of the world what to do. That is not a matter of FAITH – it's mind control.

    March 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. ray

    women, if you wants all women in this country to have a say about your bodies, vote these racists on the right out office .

    March 2, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. K

    As a Christian woman I believe in the sanctity of human life. I also believe that God can make something good out of anything. I think that Christians should live their lives in a way that glorifies God – loving God and others. If we spent as much time, money and energy reaching out to the women, and men, who are affected by unwanted pregnancies in a loving manner as so many do in trying to browbeat, harm and control them I believe we could truly do more to reduce the number of abortions performed. I want any abortion performed to be done legally with the safety of the mother the primary concern. That does not make me pro abortion.

    March 2, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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