Conservatives Urge Senate to Oppose Sebelius for HHS

Posted April 22, 2009 at 9:55am

Decrying her “lack of integrity— and “extreme— record on abortion, a handful of conservative groups have come together to call on the Senate to oppose the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of Health and Human Services.“Americans want and deserve better than a health care system run by a politician with serious lapses of conscience and integrity,— leaders of the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family and others wrote in a letter to Senators today. “We call on all Senators who claim to uphold the sanctity of life and the responsibility of the office of HHS to oppose her confirmation.—The group calls Sebelius, the Democratic Kansas governor who supports abortion rights, a “radical— on the issue and calls her “one of the most fervent advocates for taxpayer-funded and late-term abortions in American politics.— The conservatives also criticize Sebelius for accepting campaign donations from an abortion doctor and for having to correct misfiled taxes.The letter comes one day after the Senate Finance Committee approved Sebelius’ nomination for the HHS job on a 15-8 vote, with just two Republicans voting in favor. The nomination now moves to the full Senate, where it is expected to be approved. If confirmed, Sebelius would fill the last vacant secretary post in the Obama administration.