By Dave Andrusko
It’s easy to see the Obama political machine shifting into high gear. The Obama Administration is reaching out to one of its most important constituencies—pro-abortion feminist organizations such as NARAL—telling an eager-to-believe audience that Republicans are seeking to “roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America,” as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday.
Speaking at NARAL’s “Chicago Power of Choice” Luncheon Wednesday Sebelius assured her audience that Obama Administration “will be fighting with you every step along the way,” likening the current situation in the states and on Capitol Hill to a “war.”
In the face of what NARAL tabulates as 62 “anti-choice” laws passed in 2011, Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, told them it’s all the result of a misunderstanding.
“If we can fight through the misinformation and get Americans the facts,” she said, “I’m confident we can keep moving forward to a day when all American woman have access to the comprehensive health services they need and the right to make their own choices about their bodies and their own futures.” Sebelius said.
In a press release sent out in advance on the noon luncheon, NARAL President Nancy Keenan “commended Sebelius for her leadership and on issues related to women’s health and privacy, including her tenure as governor of Kansas.” Truer words have been rarely spoken. During her two terms as governor, Sebelius stonewalled pro-life measure after pro-life measure, retreating only when her actions provoked outrage.
For example, she twice vetoed laws to raise the abortion facility standards for safety for women and sanitation to at least match those of veterinary clinics in Kansas. She line-item vetoed a budget provision for matching grants to crisis pregnancy/adoption referral centers, signed it into law to soften public outrage, and then removed it from her last budget.
Each year from 2006 thru 2009, Sebelius vetoed measures that would correct the flagrant corruption of the Kansas ban on post-viability abortions, notably the hundreds of exemptions annually being claimed without bona fide medical documentation.
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