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She won't be in Kansas anymore

It occurred to me the White House might be forced to nominate radically pro-abort Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Department of Health and Human Services secretary after news leaked last week it was pausing due to her loathsome reputation among pro-lifers. Fear of pro-abortion recrimination, pride, whatever.

But it never occurred to me a pro-lifer legislator would applaud the pick, never mind two.

But that’s what happened when Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts issued a glowing joint statement congratulating their home girl:

It’s an honor for the State of Kansas to have an elected official appointed to the president’s cabinet. We are hopeful Governor Sebelius will be a voice for Kansas and rural America. … We look forward to working with her on issues important to the state. …
Obviously we will have different viewpoints than the Administration on many issues. …

And they proceeded not to name abortion as one.

The list of Sebelius’ crimes against preborn humanity is too long for this column, but they follow three tracks, repeatedly vetoing pro-life legislation, fighting enforcement of existing pro-life legislation and developing long-term associations with abortionists and the abortion industry, the reasons for tracks one and two.

For instance, infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller contributed thousands of dollars over the years to Sebelius, and the ways she has reciprocated by keeping his brutal butt out of jail would fill a book, and I think someday Phill Kline will. The high point in Sebelius and Tiller’s relationship came in 2007 when she hosted a party for him and staff at the mansion.

Sebelius once tried but failed to appoint abortion mill deathscort John Carmichael, a friend of Tiller, to the Human Rights Commission.

Sebelius did succeed in appointing abortionist Howard Ellis to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, although he had to resign after surrendering his license in Missouri. He did stay long enough to deflect complaints brought against Tiller and Planned Parenthood long before Kline came along.

An inadvertent beneficiary of Sebelius’ good cheer toward abortionists was Krishna Rajanna, who owned a Topeka chop shop. After it was discovered he kept a filthy mill with evidentiary photographs of a dead mouse in the hall and aborted babies in the refrigerator, the latter which staffers said they saw Rajanna eating in soup, legislators introduced clinic regulation legislation. Sebelius vetoed that twice.

All this information and more is waiting in the wings for Sebelius’ confirmation hearing, but will it ever see the light of day?

Likely not, thanks to Brownback and Roberts, as Fox News, among many other media outlets, noted:

But it’s unlikely Sebelius will face much opposition in the U.S. Senate. Even the two Republican senators from her own state… are fine with the choice. Roberts was in attendance at the White House Monday as Obama announced his nomination of Sebelius – a point the president noted.

That some pro-lifers don’t understand the harm done is also disturbing. One commented on my blog, “This is really a nonstory. … Brownback and Roberts understand that the nation’s loss is Kansas’ gain.”

No, a nation’s loss is no consolation for one state’s gain, if indeed there will be a gain, which is speculative, since Sebelius will be replaced by pro-abort Democrat Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson. (And who actually rests comfortably with Parkinson’s assurance he won’t run in 2010?)

Brownback thinks he needs to move to the middle if he’s going to get the keys to the governor’s mansion in 2010.

But here is where Brownback in particular made a common pro-life politician’s mistake, which too many pro-lifers accept: Casting dreams for what he could do for us tomorrow, Brownback didn’t do the right thing today.

I don’t care what pro-life politicians promise they will do for me tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. I only care what they do for me today. In fact, they’re only where they are today because they cast dreams in a previous campaign to do something for me today.

Now to the damage this abortion lover could do as HHS secretary.

HHS controls the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.

Quite simply, as HHS secretary, Sebelius will do on a grand scale what she did in Kansas: refuse to enforce pro-life legislation and show thanks for the position she attained only with the help of the abortion industry by doling hundreds of millions of dollars more to them than the hundreds of millions of dollars they get now.

The only thing Sebelius won’t be able to do in her new job is veto pro-life legislation.

That she will have to leave to Obama.