Supposed Sebelius “Grand Conspiracy” Is A Sham


The word on the street is that
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is the favorite pick, and a qualified
pick at that, for Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Obama
Administration. The other, less desirable word on the street is that
the anti-choice faction is diligently working to disqualify Sebelius
from this important cabinet post. 

As everyone
knows, Kansas has been a hotbed of anti-choice activism since the
late 1980’s, with the most infamous events occurring during the so-called
"Summer of Mercy" in 1991, staged in Wichita, Kansas by
anti-choice organizations from around the country. Unfortunately, the
anti-abortion squeaky wheel is still at work.  

However, instead
of mass riots in front of clinics these days, the anti-choice zealots
have taken to prompting key politicians sympathetic to their cause to
grind the axe for them. Most recently and most notably, former Attorney
General Phill Kline took up the anti-choice mantle for those who wish
to outlaw all reproductive health care for women. 

When the Kline
crusade against Women’s Health Care Services, operated by Dr. George
Tiller, and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri broke in February
2004 (after subpoenas had been served under a gag order back in 2003) it quickly became
apparent that Kline’s quest for 90 medical records of women who had
had abortions was one of smoke and mirrors. It was not one of protecting
minor girls as he had claimed, but rather, to charge both clinics with
criminal offenses for performing late termination of pregnancy, thus
shutting them down for good. 

Those who wished to preserve legal reproductive health care in Kansas
realized that Kline had to be defeated in his re-election. So it should have come as no surprise
to anti-choice organizations that women’s rights groups would mobilize
against Kline in 2006 when he ran for re-election.

I give you
this background, since it has become known that anti-choice factions
are working against Sebelius’s nomination as HHS Secretary, in part,
because of her recruitment of a Democratic challenger against Kline
in 2006. Why would this arouse suspicion and surprise from conservatives?
After all, Sebelius is the top Democrat in Kansas and has great authority
over the recruitment and election of such candidates. That’s part
of her job. Regardless of Kline’s fishing expedition, she still would
have recruited the best possible candidate to run against him – hence,
electing more Democrats to office. 

Second, it
is prudent to point out that the office of the governor
is a separate operating entity from the office of attorney general.
It is an autonomous agency from that of the governor. Therefore, the
governor has no jurisdiction over the functions of the attorney general
and played a minimal role, if any, when he was fishing for women’s
medical records. 

What is true
and what the anti-choice advocates don’t like is that Governor Sebelius
is unequivocally pro-reproductive health care. But, that does not mean
abortion care alone. What they choose to ignore is that she is a strong
advocate for the health care of children, for prenatal care for women
and for preventive medicine. This, unfortunately, gets lost in the debate.  

It would behoove
social conservatives to take the Governor’s cue on this: that comprehensive
medical care, which also includes health care for pregnant women and
children, would go a long way to serve their so-called "pro-life"
agenda. However, the earth will most certainly freeze over before an
admission of any compatibility on the issue surfaces. 

So, is there
a "grand conspiracy" as Robert Novak purports (and where some of
his facts are blatantly wrong, but then I didn’t get a phone call)
in a column, reported on Firedoglake, in which he tried to discredit Sebelius?
Unequivocally, the answer is NO. When the Governor took the oath of
office, she pledged to uphold the law and to make reasonable and sound
policy decisions that would benefit all Kansans, not just the narrow
political and moral agenda of a few. This is a commitment that she would
most certainly take with her to Washington. 

The Obama Administration
would be lucky to have such a passionate, committed, bi-partisan secretary
as Governor Sebelius.

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  • invalid-0

    At last someone is finally taking on the hypocrisy of the so-called “pro-life” gang. These people aren’t interested in improving the quality of life for the already born. They only want to make life for women with problem pregnancies more difficult. Compared to these people, Kathleen Sebelius is not a radical. In fact, her position on choice is right in line with most of the people in this country.

    As a Kansan, I don’t want to see Gov. Sebelius leave the state. As an American, however, I think she would be an excellent HHS Secretary.

  • jodi-jacobson

    Thank you!

    Jodi Jacobson

  • invalid-0

    You’ve got to be kidding me? Sebelius is pro-reproductive health (aka, pro-murdering babies, pro-expanding murder of babies), and yet she is a strong advocate for children’s health? What kool aid you been drinking?

    • equalist

      Sebelius is pro-reproductive health (aka, pro-murdering babies, pro-expanding murder of babies)

       

      What part of pregnancy prevention, prenatal care, and pediatric care has anything to do with murdering babies?  You rabid pro lifers equate anything regarding women’s health that isn’t entirely focused on mainting pregnancies to murdering babies, and enough is enough already.  I’m surprised no one has yet compared your attitude of "pro-life" to pro murdering women by forcing them to carry pregnancies that could be dangerous to their health in order to satisfy some narcissistic belief that no one other than you is capable of making their own decisions regarding reproductive health and wellbeing.  That’s the major difference between the pro choice and anti abortion sides of the debate.  Pro choice includes the choice to carry a pregnancy to term if the woman so chooses.  Anti abortion on the other hand is staunchly committed to removing a woman’s autonomy and reducing her status to that of a walking womb, only valuable for her ability to produce children, regardless of weather or not she desires to do so, and regardless of weather or not her body is capable of handling the strain of pregnancy.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Get out of our wombs and mind your own business.

       

      Equal rights, equal responsibilities.

      • colleen

        "You rabid pro lifers equate anything regarding women’s health that
        isn’t entirely focused on mainting pregnancies to murdering babies, and
        enough is enough already."

        For yet another example of how far these folks go to preserve ‘life’ I just read today about a case in Brazil (where the RCC reigns supreme and all abortions have to be court ordered and are allowed only to save the life of the woman.

        No woman in this case, The pregnant girl (she was 9 and raped by her stepfather and 20 weeks along)  won her case even though The Church’s lawyer spoke against allowing her an abortion. The Church’s representative wanted her to be forced to gestate to term and then undergo a cesarean. We’re talking about a 9 year old girl here. A 4th grader.  She weighs all of 80 lbs. If that’s not hatred of all things female I don’t know what is. What savages these men and women are.

        • equalist

          I saw something on that too.  As if a pregnancy at 9 wasn’t bad enough, she was carrying twins, adding to the possibility for dangerous complications, and they still fought the abortion.  More evidence of the conservative belief that the only value in anything with a vagina is whether or not babies pop out of said vagina.

           

          Equal rights, equal responsibilities.

  • http://theczech.wordpress.com invalid-0

    I lived in Kansas for 20 years. Sebelius is a GODSEND to my former state.

    Just about everyone hates Phill Kline, doesn’t matter where they stand on the political spectrum or the abortion issue.

    My concern is what will happen to Kansas after Sebelius. Without her to hold the tide back on important issues like women’s rights, I’m concerned there’s no one else strong enough and popular enough to do it. I kinda don’t want her to leave any earlier than she has to.

    I am also super afraid of Sam Brownback running after her final term ends. You know he’ll do it. And I’m not so sure the Dems have anyone who could really take him.

    Brownback is a scary, scary man.

  • http://theczech.wordpress.com invalid-0

    Oh, BTW the Novak column is from May ’08, not exactly fresh.

  • invalid-0

    When are all few of you tiresome, backward, ignorant, diehards going to come into the 21 century. So many important things needing to be done, yet you labor constantly to impenge on the lives of others, the rights of others, for your narrow minded, senseless, views.

  • invalid-0

    Why is it, that in every pro-choice thread, some anonymous douche comes along to spout some nonsensical crap about teh pwecious widdle zygote-baybeez being murrrdered!!!!1!eleventy. Is it some sort of bot script that anti-choice organizations employ to post shit on sensible articles?

  • emma

    I know right. As if we’re going to sit up and say to ourselves ‘why yes! Spambot is right! When a woman has an abortion, a foetus dies! I’d never thought of that before! REDRUM!!!!’.
    They’ve been particularly aggressive and hostile since their ‘pro-life’ friend George W Bush* left office. Since the election result became known, really.

     

    *How one can start two wars in less than two years, order torture of detainees – many of whom have now been released or cleared for release as there was and is no evidence that they were ‘terrorists’ in the first place – and veto the expansion of government health care for born children and yet continue to retain one’s ‘pro-life’ cred is just…too bizarre for my brain to tackle right now.

  • invalid-0

    The most significant manner in which to reduce the thought of pregnancy or abortion is through education and birth control.

    Get real sex is a natural act that happens because it is suppose to happen.

    However this country is blessed with a helping hand whereby abstinence is preached as do parents, yet is not the only means discussed. That helping hand which offers tons of education is Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood offers a wonderful approach to educating young people.
    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control-4211.htm

    Sometimes my feeling is that that this group of anti choice are very angry because they have eliminated the intimate act of sexual interaction from their lives thus much frustration has entered their lives.

    However it is not unusual to hear about affairs developing in certain churches between preachers and members of the congregation.

  • invalid-0

    It seems Phill Kline now says he sent confidential abortion records to his new job “by mistake”.

    NEWSFLASH: that’s the sort of mistake lawyers are supposed to be trained, and paid, to avoid.

    I am predicting that there will be new anti-abortion terror when FOCA passes. If there is, Phill Kline should take his family on a long vacation abroad because I am quite sure that this time there will be counterterror against public anti-abortion symbols and he would be a prime target.

  • http://www.lewiscrusade.org invalid-0

    This piece is such a marvelous exercise in euphemisms, it’s laughable.

    How many times can you say “anti-choice” in the same sentence?
    Why do you feel such a compulsive need to say “choice” and “reproductive health”??

    First of all, why is sterilization and murder considered “reproductive health”? In what other area do we call it health to stop a natural bodily function from occurring? “I want digestive health choice! So I’m gonna start taking syrup of ipecac with every meal!” “I want mental health choice! So I’m going to pump my brain full of marijuana!” “I want ambulatory health choice! I’m gonna amputate myself!” “I want cardiac health choice! I’m gonna go out and eat a quadruple whopper with bacon!”

    And it is amazing how reproductive “choice” stops at those who *choose* to have large families, or at those who choose to limit family size by natural methods rather than artificial contraception.

    It is amazing how reproductive choice ends for those of us who are considered genetically inferior by the Democrat Master Race, who want to exterminate everyone they consider “less than perfect”.

    “Health Rationing” (i.e., eugenics) is already a part of the Obama agenda. It’s in the “stimulus bill”, and it was one of the main reasons for nominating pro-death ex-Catholics like Daschle and Sebelius.

    Stop euphemizing and call a spade a spade.
    It’s not “choice”; it’s abortion and contraception.
    It’s not “health”; it’s death and sterility.
    It’s not “universal health care”; it’s “denial of medical care to those who are seriously ill.”

  • invalid-0

    It’s NOT “pro-life” to deny prenatal care to impoverished pregnant women, LIKE CONSERVATIVES DO NOW!!!!!

    It’s NOT “pro-life” to regard the pregnant woman as a mindless incubator with no feelings and no needs LIKE CONSERVATIVES DO NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    And above all, it’s NOT “pro-life” to completely turn your back on the “innocent little baby” the second it is born, LIKE CONSERVATIVES DO NOW!

    And clinic attacks are domestic terrorism, and should be treated as such under the Patriot Act.

  • sayna

    There’s so much wrong here I doubt it’s even worth trying.

    Why do you feel such a compulsive need to say “choice” and “reproductive health”??

    Because that’s what we support, the full range of choices and reproductive healthcare services. This includes but is not exclusive to the right to legal and accesable abortion. Notice how the site talks about access to contraception and basic reproductive/sexual health a lot? As now it even has “reproductive health” in the title? That’s because this is what the site is about.

    In what other area do we call it health to stop a natural bodily function from occurring?

    Diseases, physical disfunctions such as a bad knee or eyesight problems, dental problems such as wisdom teeth, cavities, and crooked teet and aging are all perfectly natural bodily functions and states. You may want to look into a logical fallacy called The Naturalistic Fallacy for use in future debate.

    And it is amazing how reproductive “choice” stops at those who *choose* to have large families, or at those who choose to limit family size by natural methods rather than artificial contraception.

    You seem pretty confident in making this claim, so I’m sure you’ll have no problem proving that this is what reproductive-rights supporters actually beleive.

    I’ll wait. =D

    It is amazing how reproductive choice ends for those of us who are considered genetically inferior by the Democrat Master Race, who want to exterminate everyone they consider “less than perfect”.

    “Health Rationing” (i.e., eugenics) is already a part of the Obama agenda. It’s in the “stimulus bill”, and it was one of the main reasons for nominating pro-death ex-Catholics like Daschle and Sebelius.

    Godwin’s Law!

    It’s not “universal health care”; it’s “denial of medical care to those who are seriously ill.”

    It’s traditional in debate to back up claims with explanation or evidence. Let’s hear it.

  • invalid-0

    Hey JC,

    We support reproductive healthcare and choices. I noticed you said that sterilising is wrong. I personally do not want children so I am sterilised…but the way you make it sound is that I also should not be allowed to be sterilised because people like you want to force women to have children whether or not they want them. It’s really sick.

  • http://www.adaidm.com/general/logodesign.htm invalid-0

    I think you are dead on correct when you say that it would go a long way toward the cause when providing medical and pediatric dental. websites that expound upon the need to make abortions illegal and urge women to go ahead and have babies usually do little to nothing to address the real needs of these women during, and after, pregnancy.