Washington, DC – As debate in the U.S. Senate continues over the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, 32 members of the House of Representatives issued a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to withdraw her nomination from consideration.
The representatives, including Rep. Todd Tiahrt from Sebelius’ home state of Kansas, asked Obama to withdraw his nominee “in light of her close collaboration with the abortion industry.”
The group mentions Sebelius’ campaign contributions from late-term abortionist George Tiller and her repeated veto that served to protect her benefactors, Tiller and Planned Parenthood, from having to comply with common sense safety regulations and other restrictions designed to protect patients.
The representatives stated, “We are deeply disappointed by this nomination and believe a nominee to such an important position should, at the very least, not have commitments to the morally reprehensible practice of providing abortion in almost every circumstance. For these reasons, we respectfully request that you withdraw your nomination of Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.”
“We appreciate the effort by the 32 members of the House of Representatives to protect women and innocent babies by opposing the Sebelius nomination to HHS,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who has worked to gather opposition to Sebelius. “They deserve thanks for standing for life at a time when it would be easier to remain silent.”
Debate is ongoing in the Senate. A final vote is still expected later today.
Read the text of the letter