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Times Glosses Over Kansas Gov’s Radical Pro-Abortion Record

By Don Feder February 19, 2009

In a story today on President Obama’s likely choice of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services, The New York Times glossed over the nominee’s radical pro-abortion record in two sentences: “One issue that could draw attention is her stance on abortion. A Roman Catholic who says abortion’s wrong, Ms. Sebelius vetoed a bill requiring clinics to report information on why a late-term abortion was performed, drawing the condemnation of the archbishop of Kansas City, Kan.” The Times [1] refuses to call the procedure what it manifestly is — a partial-birth abortion — choosing instead the values-neutral expression “late-term abortion.” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann has asked Sebelius to refrain from taking communion, due to “scandalous behavior that has misled people into dangerous behavior,” on the abortion issue. In a May 26, 2008 [2] column in The Washington Post, Robert Novak called the governor “the national pro-choice poster girl.” Last April, Sebelius vetoed a bill to strengthen regulation of late-term abortions. She vetoed other restrictions on abortion in 2003, 2005 and 2006. The governor personally recruited and funded a candidate to run against then-Attorney General Phil Kline, who was prosecuting partial-birth abortionist George Tiller. Thanks largely to money Sebelius raised for his opponent, Kline was defeated at the polls. Tiller donated $120,000 to the Democratic Governors’ Association, which in turn contributed $200,000 to Sebelius’ PAC to fund pro-choice candidates, in what right-to-lifers allege to be a money-laundering scheme. In April, 2007, Sebelius reportedly held a private party in the governor’s mansion for Tiller and the staff of his clinic, at a time when the abortionist was under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. If George W. Bush had nominated for Secretary of HHS a governor associated with Operation Rescue, you can bet The New York Times would have reported it in more than two sentences buried in an article touting the nominee as a well-qualified moderate. Article printed from Boycott The New York Times: http://boycottnyt.com URL to article: http://boycottnyt.com/times-glosses-over-kansas-govs-radical-pro-abortion-record/ URLs in this post: [1] refuses: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/us/politics/19health.html [2] column: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/25/AR2008052502275.html Click here to print. Copyright © 2008 Boycott The New York Times. All rights reserved.

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