It is extremely troubling that during Governor Sebelius' confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, only one committee member, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), asked her questions related to the life issues. He asked two questions: One regarding the Obama administration's intention to rescind conscience protection for health care personnel, a matter of grave concern to Senator Coburn who is a practicing obstetrician, and another regarding whether HHS, under direction from President Obama, intends to reclassify the abortion drug RU-486 as "emergency contraception," thus removing it from Hyde Amendment restrictions that prevent taxpayer funding of abortions. Thank you, Senator Coburn.
In light of Sebelius' long standing pro-abortion position and her close relationship with Dr. George Tiller, a third trimester abortion practicioner, it is beyond strange that other committee members who are generally viewed as pro-life, failed to bring her strong abortion affiliations to light. Republican Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Judd Gregg (NH), Lamar Alexander (TN), Richard Burr (NC), Johnny Isakson (GA), John McCain (AZ), Orrin Hatch (UT), and Pat Roberts (OK) reportedly said nothing. The National Right to Life Committee Legislative Scorecard for the last Congress (110th) shows, in addition to Tom Coburn, that Enzi, Isakson and Roberts scored 100%, with Gregg, Alexander, Burr and Hatch getting it right 85% of the time. John McCain brings up the rear with a 66% pro-life score. The only Democrat committee member who claims to be pro-life is Bob Casey with 57%.
How is it that they could let the most pro-abortion Governor in America be confirmed as HHS Secretary without strong and public opposition?
Sebelius lowballed donations from abortion doctor, AP 4-14-09