April 22nd, 2009
12:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservatives urge Senate to oppose Sebelius

Sebelius is Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary.
Sebelius is Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Calling her a politician with "serious lapses of conscience and integrity," a group of conservative leaders sent a letter Wednesday to senators urging members to oppose the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of health and human services.

Leaders of the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family called on senators who "claim to uphold the sanctity of life and the responsibility of the office of HHS" to vote against her. This comes one day after a committee voted 15-8 in favor of sending her nomination to the full Senate.

"Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's lack of integrity during the nomination process, together with her extreme pro-abortion record clearly demonstrate that she is unfit to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services," the letter states. "Americans want and deserve better than a health care system run by a politician with serious lapses of conscience and integrity."

The Democratic governor has faced heat from some conservatives for her support of abortion rights. In the letter, the group called her an "abortion radical" and one of the "most fervent advocates for taxpayer-funded and late-term abortions in American politics."

"Given her propensity for abortion radicalism, her failure to pay her own taxes and her demonstrated lack of integrity, she will be a divisive force in this important office," the group said in the letter.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    Yeah, they oppose anyone that isn't a Republican. Oh well. I've come to the conclusion that they're totally worthless.

    April 22, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. russell

    I'll say this and I'll say it again , conservatives or republican, evangelicals , hippacrits,yopu can not tell someonen that they cannot make choices on their own when it envolves their own body , once again they sit back and complain , because their so rightous

    April 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Candy West Virginia

    Another example of the hatred of repubs. BTW they lied as usual about her taxes. But then the rethuglicans always lie, they can't handle the truth. Rethugs say they want small government yet they want to tell you what to do with your bodies and who you can and can't marry. They say they are pro life yet love wars, hunting and the death penalty.

    April 22, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. russell

    what we need is to have a national vote on banning the republican party for high treason

    April 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm sick and tired of these right wing radical groups. If they don't oppose this, they oppose that. They are just becoming a nuisance and a distraction. Seat the governor and keep it moving.

    April 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Cdog

    Funny that she has made changing our health care system her priority, and the GOP is trying to tear her down. I wonder if there is any correlation!

    April 22, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. RICO

    So what she's supports abortion, all these conservatives forget that theres a seperation between church and state.

    April 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Moderate Democrat

    " Calling her a politician with "serious lapses of conscience and integrity," a group of conservative leaders sent a letter '

    Pot......Kettle.......Black

    April 22, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    She is dishonest and against traditional values. She should be an easy confirmation. Dutch bad News....did you not oppose EVERYTHING during the prior administration?????? Why should conservatives be denied our right to speak our minds? Unless Obama somehow got rid of the First Amendment today......

    April 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |