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March 2, 2009

Kathleen Sebelius & Obama's 'Abortion Reduction' Challenge

In the fight over whether to confirm Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, traditional pro-lifers will focus on Sebelius's views on late term abortion and other legal restrictions.

Interestingly, pro-life Democrats have continued with an argument they began raising during the campaign: that what matters is not whether one supports legal restrictions but whether one reduces the number of abortions. Catholics United, a liberal pro-life group has launched a pre-emptive strike praising her for cutting the abortion rate by 10%.

Pro-life progressives pushed this line during the campaign, earning both the mockery of traditional pro-lifers and, apparently, the votes of some pro-lifers (a surprising number of whom voted for Obama.)

Here's the rub: abortion rates seem to be most influenced by economic factors. Abortions go up during hard economic time. That means the number of abortions will likely go up under Obama. If Democrats set up abortion reduction as the standard, what will they say if the numbers go up under Obama?

UPDATE: Abortion seems to be shaping up as a big element in the Sebelius fight.

Operation Rescue here attacks her links to the "abortion cartel"

Faith in Public Life and other pro-life clergy praises her for reducing the number of abortions in Kansas

(Originally posted at Steve Waldman's blog at Beliefnet.)

Comments

Give me a break. Catholics United is nothing more than a pro-abortion group run by Democratic Party activists that covered up Obama's pro-abortion record during the campaign. You may as well quote Planned Parenthood or NARAL as CU.

Catholics United claims abortions have declined under Sebelius, even though they actually went up 6.5 percent in 2006 thanks in part to Sebelius failing to support any abortion limits.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment report, there were 11,221 abortions in Kansas in 2006, up from 10,543 abortions in 2005.

For the real story on Sebelius' record, see http://www.lifenews.com/nat4869.html

Hey, can't we find a way to blame the Clinton's somehow? Clearly they must be involved -- they live in the US!