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DeMint: Sebelius' Nomination Signals Troubling Pro-Abortion Agenda

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Location: Washington, DC

DeMint: Sebelius' Nomination Signals Troubling Pro-Abortion Agenda

Senator opposes HHS nominee; says Governor's repeated actions to weaken laws that protect life highlight the President's poor record on human dignity

Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, announced he will oppose Kansas Governor Kathy Sebelius' nomination to become Secretary of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

In 2003 and 2005, Governor Sebelius vetoed legislation that would have set medically-supported sanitation requirements for Kansas abortion clinics. In 2008, she vetoed a bill that would have clarified and strengthened Kansas's parental notification law. She has vetoed legislation that would have required medical explanations for the late-term abortions of viable unborn children - those who could breathe and survive outside their mothers' wombs. Governor Sebelius also has a long relationship with Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas physician notorious for performing late-term and partial-birth abortions.

"Americans remain divided on abortion, but in recent years we've made bipartisan progress to protect life. That national consensus is being threatened by President Obama's pro-abortion agenda and his choice for HHS Secretary," said Senator DeMint. "Most Americans oppose late-term abortions of viable babies, but Governor Sebelius supports them. Most Americans would support minimal sanitation standards for abortion clinics, but Governor Sebelius opposed them, effectively allowing clinics to remain less clean than fast food restaurants. The person responsible for protecting the health care of all Americans must have a clear respect for human dignity. Instead, Governor Sebelius's record and her long association with a late-term abortionist should raise concern among all Americans."

During his two months in office, President Obama has issued an executive order to fund international, non-governmental organizations that assist with or perform abortions. His Administration has weakened conscience protections for health care providers who morally oppose abortion. He has also issued an order forcing taxpayers to fund research that requires the destruction of human embryos.

"This new administration has quickly earned a troubling record on human dignity. Now, President Obama has nominated a person who would easily be the most pro-abortion politician to ever lead our nation's health agency. Apparently, this administration believes abortion is a basic right that should be funded by taxpayers, performed up to the moment of birth, even in unsanitary conditions, and by doctors that may be coerced to do so against their will. Governor Sebelius's nomination is a signal of this administration's pro-abortion agenda, and I encourage all of my colleagues to vote against it."

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