March 3rd, 2009
01:40 PM ET
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Christian leaders issue statement backing Sebelius

A group of Christian leaders issued a statement in support of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the President's choice to lead HHS.
A group of Christian leaders issued a statement in support of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the President's choice to lead HHS.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is getting some support from Christian leaders in what could be a brewing battle over her position on abortion policy.

Sebelius, who is Catholic and personally opposed to abortion, has nonetheless angered some religious groups with her policy positions on abortion during her tenure as governor.

In a statement issued Monday, a group of Christian leaders said that under Sebelius, the number of abortions in the state had decreased, pre-natal care had expanded, adoption funding and incentives increased, and legislation passed that protected the unborn from crime.

“Such a record demonstrates a commitment to results rather than rhetoric on life issues,” the group said.

Citing her appeal in a heavily Republican state, the group also suggested Sebelius has the ability to bridge ideological divides. “Her record and her relationships with leaders in both parties are proof that pro-choice and pro-life leaders can work together to advance a pro-family agenda....Efforts to discredit her will no doubt arise,” they said, but Sebelius “deserves a fair hearing in Congress and in the public square.”

Related: Abortion could dominate Sebelius confirmation


Filed under: Abortion • Kathleen Sebelius
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. JS007

    FINALLY! Religious leaders recognizing that results are more important than hateful or phony rhetoric. Hallelujah!

    March 3, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Does the Rushpublican Party have a Boehner over Limbaugh yet?

    “Such a record demonstrates a commitment to results rather than rhetoric on life issues,”

    Something the extremists of the right-wing nutjob Rushpublican party will never get ... or concede. And why would they when they can demonize people into submission just like all their churches practice.

    March 3, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. John

    Safe, legal, and rare.

    It is better to reduce abortions by creating welcoming and safe environment for single mothers then to ban it outright and make things so much more dangerous for them.

    March 3, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. America 1st

    President Obama is an intelligent and confident leader. He IS putting an end to an era where IDEAOLOGY got in the way of getting results.

    Critics are angry that he brought this common sense approach to governing and that he is succeeding. Far too many people would rather we have 4 hears of "stuck in the mud" behavior rather than progress. Those people are treasonous and UnAmerican.

    March 3, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Kwood

    Wonder why you did not name the group. For those curious, it's Faith in Public Life. This is hardly a group one would expect to have opposed Sebelius.

    March 3, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Vic of New York

    Like so many other catholic leaders who refuse to cloud the division between church and government, Sebelius may personally be against abortion but she understands that is a religious conviction and not the people's will.

    The problem with the authoritarian neo-cons and Catholic Church is that they want not to be proactive in help remediate life issues – but want to dictate to us – Taliban Style – what a woman can or cannot do with her body.

    I applaud Sebelious for demonstrating that real progress can be made on this issue by soneone more concerned with results than authoritarianism

    I reject the neo-con nazi mentality and the Catholic Church for attempting to meddle with the People's government. If the Pope really wants to put his money where his mouth is, he should invite anyone who agrees with him to go live at the Vatican.

    March 3, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Exactly just who are these christian leaders?

    March 3, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Mat

    I'm glad to see some common sense brought to a "third rail" topic. It's about time that someone realizes that you can reduce abortions through education, adoption and birth control.

    March 3, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Independent thinker

    Gov. Sebelius understands smart policy and education is the way to promote responsible parenting and help reduce unplanned pregnancies, which is something both sides can agree. She is a good choice for Health and Human Services. God bless her.

    March 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Erik

    Jesus is really the only Christian leader that matters. I've not even heard of most of the names in this letter.

    March 3, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. silent majority

    "Jesus is really the only christian leader that matters"? Where I come from, silence is presumed consent.

    March 3, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    What? No mention of the 3 Catholic Arch-Bishops that won't allow her to take Communion?

    That's not like you CNN...you always carry the whole story like an accountable and reliable news organization should.

    How bizarre.

    March 3, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. mw

    GET HER ON BOARD. SHE CAN DO THE JOB.
    OLD WHITE MALES NEED TO QUIT WORRYING ABOUT ROE VS WADE. LEAVE IT ALONE AND GET ON BOARD TRYING TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY OF THE NATION.
    SO TIRED OF NIT PICKING WANNABEE PURISTS.
    TIRED OF SELF RIGHTEOUS.
    TIRED OF USELESS RHETORIC.
    TIRED OF THE DOBSONS, THE RUSHES, THE ROBERTSONS. CLEAN UP THE SWAGGERTS , HAGGERTS, BAKERS, AND OTHER PHONIES. STAY OUT OF THE PRIVATE MEDICAL LIVES OF WOMEN.

    March 3, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. jimbo

    OH BOY thats the endorsment you want

    March 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Turnabout is Fair Play

    My God that woman is hot. Definitely a MILF.

    March 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Desmond

    Sebelius is obviously an intelligent and constructive citizen and catholic.

    March 3, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. dumbocrat alert

    i'm sure that the group of three also are supporting gay marriage.

    March 3, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |