Fact Check: Gov. Sebelius Disingenuous With Abortion Remarks

Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius commented on the abortion issue, saying, “While my beliefs teach me that abortion is morally unacceptable, as a public official, I have worked hard to ensure that abortions are rare, safe and within the bounds of the law.”

“Sebelius’ remarks require a serious fact check,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “Her statement is so misleading that it is an embarrassment. Sebelius is trying to hoodwink the American people by grossly misrepresenting the reality of her radical abortion policies.”

Sebelius is considered a front runner for the cabinet position of Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she would have an opportunity to advance her extremist abortion agenda.

Fact Check:

1. “I have worked hard to ensure that abortions are rare…” Yet, in 2008, Sebelius vetoed SB 386 that would have informed women that if they are being coerced in to an abortion, they have the right to refuse. Sebelius’ veto insured that coerced abortions, a huge national problem, continue in Kansas, effectively insuring a higher number of abortions. (View documentation of coerced abortions in Kansas.)

2. “I have worked hard to ensure that abortions are…safe…” This statement is completely without any basis in fact. Sebelius vetoed bills that would have provided safety regulations in spite of evidence of several botched abortions requiring emergency hospitalization, including one abortion death. Operation Rescue bought and closed one of the mills that Sebelius referred to as meeting “the highest standards of medical care in the country.” The building was unsafe, with mold and roach infestations, out of code plumbing and electrical, and filthy conditions. (View documentation.)

3. “I have worked hard to ensure that abortions are… within the bounds of the law.” In April, 2007, Sebelius hosted a party honoring late-term abortionist George Tiller and his entire staff while Tiller was under investigation by the Attorney General and Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Two months later, Tiller was criminally charged. In May of 2007, Sebelius attended a raucous party given by Planned Parenthood on the occasion of her birthday. Five months later, Planned Parenthood was charged with 107 criminal counts, including 23 felonies related to illegal abortions. (Documentation: Tiller Party, PP Party)

“Sebelius’ patently false statements about her abortion record continue to show that she is not fit to serve,” said Sullenger.

  • tobra

    My belief in Jesus as my Saviour, show he was a fighter of the Jews.

    Adolph Hitler
    German Leader

  • Alayna Staggers (Nurse)

    Sebelius doesn’t care anything about her religion; all she cares about is getting her share of Tiller’s blood money.

  • Politicians who support abortion use a litany of slogans to cover themselves: “personally opposed,” “safe, legal, and rare,” “woman’s right to choose,” “pro-choice,” “cannot impose my morality,” etc. None of these slogans demonstrate any logical reasoning.

    Is anyone personally opposed to stealing, but thinks its OK anyway? If abortion is safe and legal, why does it need to be rare? Why should a woman have the right to choose to kill her own child? Why is there never any concern about imposing one’s morality when opposing the death penalty?

    The Operation Rescue review of the history of actions taken on abortion by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius proves her statement is nothing but brazen deception.

    If you follow the money, records show how much campaign funding she receives from Tiller and the abortion industry. To continue receiving that money, she has proven she will take no action to “ensure that abortions are rare, safe and within the bounds of the law.”

    What are the chances this same pattern occurs with most pro-abortion politicians? Well, it is certainly much greater than the chance they are actually committed to making abortion “safe, legal and rare” (as phrased by former President Clinton). Each new slogan is just another brazen lie!

  • art wegweiser

    If the electrician is competent and licensed, then he should do his job as contracted and not make political or moral judgments about his employer any more than my plumber should refuse to fix my leaking pipe because I don’t drive a car built by GM.
    And when Archbishops or other clergy urge their followers how to vote then they should give up their tax exempt status.

  • John Francis Borra

    See my comments on Sebelius & Obama, vis a vis appointment to HHS at: http://veritatisthecartoon.blogspot.com/2009/02/sebelius-trail-of-butchered-babies-and.html

    Semper Veritas!

  • Denise Holland

    Thank you OR for your faithful “watchmen at the gates” vigil that has amassed the documentation to counter any statements of Govenor Sebelius. May the LORD go before you in this “battle,” and may this appointment be thwarted!

    Be encouraged everyone: the battle is the LORD’s, and He will strengthen all who “stand” in this time, as is Pastor Hoye in Oakland. Sometimes it takes the visuals of the righteous being prosecuted to “open the eyes” of those who still have the “ability to begin seeing the truth.”

  • Spoken like a true abortionist, Mr. Wegweiser: stifle free speech while you stifle human life. It’s the modus operandi of the culture of death.

  • Mary

    Well, it’s official Fox News just announced this Saturday night 2/28/09 that Gov. Sebelius has been nominated by President Obama as HHS Secretary. I just emailed the WH to voice my disappointment and made an appeal to the President to reconsider her appointment. I hope everyone will write the WH and their US Senators to voice their concerns about her nomination this weekend. I plan to write to my Senators as well.

  • Robyn P.

    We knew this would happen, a pro-abortion president nominating a pro-abortion governor. Evil attracts evil. But the Lord has the victory. Trust in Him. Amen.

  • Joan Herndon

    Denise and Robyn, thank you so very much for your comments. Why do I always seem to forget Who is in charge? The darkness surrounding this administration is vile but PRAYER affects the affairs of men. We need to refresh ourselves and stir up our gifts.

  • We are living the nightmare now, and there are more monsters to come, so while the battle rages we use the weapons at hand: our Faith, a whole lot of Hope, and — tough as it may be — Love for our enemies even as we struggle to defeat them. After thirty-six years of fighting abortion you’d think I would be more matter-of-fact about it. But every day the full injustice and horror of it strikes me anew. I will never quit. I will die first. In Him, Joe S.

  • Lynn

    Mr. Wegweiser, we are hardly talking about plumbing or “doing your job,” we are talking about killing human beings. If your plumber was hiding bodies in the sewer, would you call it “judgmental” if someone was upset about this?