+Abortions and Political Ambition+

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Tue May 27 23:32:25 MDT 2008

*Church, potential Obama /_VeeP_/ at odds on abortion*

ROBERT NOVAK <mailto:novakevans at aol.com>

*Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, whose Roman Catholic archdiocese covers 
northeast Kansas, on May 9 called on Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to 
stop taking communion until she disowns her support for the "serious 
moral evil" of abortion. That put the church in conflict with a rising 
star of the Democratic Party, often described as a "moderate" and 
perhaps the leading prospect to become Barack Obama's vice presidential 
running mate.*

*Naumann also took Sebelius to task for her veto April 21 of a bill, 
passed 2-to-1 by both houses of the Kansas Legislature, that would 
strengthen the state's ban on late-term abortions by authorizing private 
lawsuits against providers. That followed by a year her veto of a bill 
requiring explicit medical reasons for a late abortion, which was 
preceded by vetoing other abortion legislation in 2006, 2005 and 2003.) *

*Those positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their 
party's pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius' connection with abortion 
is more intimate. She is allied with the aggressive Kansas branch of 
Planned Parenthood in a bitter struggle with anti-abortion activist 
District Attorney Phill Kline. There is substantial evidence she has 
been involved in /_laundering abortion industry money_/ for distribution 
to Kansas Democrats.*

*Kansas is the fiercest state battleground for abortion wars, making 
Sebelius the national pro-choice poster girl.*

*The Almanac of American Politics talks of a "moderate image" for 
Sebelius, daughter of former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan. She picked up 
substantial Republican support in an easy 2002 win for governor and, 
after naming a former Republican state chairman as her running mate, was 
re-elected in a 2006 landslide. Chosen this year to deliver the 
Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union Address, she 
told the nation, "In this time normally reserved for the partisan 
response, I hope to offer you something more: an American response." She 
gave the impression of reaching out across party lines in what was 
widely regarded as an audition for vice president as a Democrat able to 
carry a heavily Republican state.*

*/Behind that facade, Sebelius sits at the apex of a complicated Kansas 
abortion financing system involving abortion provider Dr. George Tiller 
of Wichita. She controls Bluestem Fund PAC, distributing money to Kansas 
Democratic candidates. /*

*/Tiller, one of the few U.S. doctors still performing late-term 
abortions, contributed $120,000 to the Democratic Governors Association 
in 2006, which has given $200,000 to Bluestem./*

*In 2006, Sebelius recruited Paul Morrison, the Republican district 
attorney of Johnson County, to run as a Democrat against Republican 
Kline's attempted re-election as attorney general. Morrison, financed by 
Tiller's ProKanDo PAC, outspent Kline and swamped him at the polls. But 
Kline then replaced Morrison as district attorney and filed 107 charges 
against Planned Parenthood, including alleged "unlawful late-term 
abortions." *

*That triggered a continuing legal battle in which Sebelius appointees, 
both judicial and executive, have sabotaged Kline's efforts.*

*In her 2006 abortion veto statement, Sebelius declared: "My Catholic 
faith teaches me that life is sacred. Personally, I believe abortion is 
wrong." Yet, a year later, Sebelius invited Tiller and his staff to a 
party at the governor's mansion. She thanked Tiller for his generosity 
in financing her election and Morrison's. In May 2007, Sebelius was 
featured at a Planned Parenthood fund-raiser in Kansas City, Mo.*

*Obama, while asserting "nobody is pro-abortion," has said that if his 
two daughters "make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." 
Would Sebelius, as an avowed Catholic, change her prospective running 
mate's worldview that considers a baby to be a punishment?*

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