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President Obama’s Angel of Death

By Brad O’Leary

May 4, 2009 -- The Obama Administration and its comrades in Congress never let a good crisis go to waste. With the swine flu as the slop du jour in the mainstream media and administration, the U.S. Senate swiftly moved to confirm Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

According to the Associated Press, “The 65-31 vote came after Democrats urged quick action so that Sebelius could get to work leading the federal response to the flu outbreak.” Surprisingly, even Kansas Republican Senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts voted in favor of the confirmation.  These votes may come back to haunt them.

A recently released Zogby/O’Leary Report poll found that, while Americans were split on the nomination of Sebelius, a vast majority of Republicans and Conservatives opposed her nomination.  According to the poll, 46 percent of Americans supported Governor Sebelius as a good choice for Secretary of HHS, while 45 opposed her nomination. Eighty-one percent of self-identified Republicans and 91 percent of Conservatives opposed her nomination (the poll has a margin of error +/- 1.6 percentage points).  

Prior to her nomination, Sebelius’ radical record on abortion attracted national attention and placed a spotlight on Senators Brownback and Roberts, who appeared ready to vote for their fellow Kansan out of “courtesy.”  

“We’ll be watching the Senate vote very carefully,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “For many this will be a deal breaker. We are tired of politicians who campaign on the pro-life platform, then do not support that rhetoric with their votes.”

And for good reason.

Not only does Sebelius join the tax-cheaters club in the Obama cabinet, the new health policy leader has a rabid pro-abortion record. Family Research Council Senior Vice President Tom McClusky and 29 other pro-life leaders summarized Sebelius’ pro-abortion record in a letter sent to the U.S. Senate. “Reviewing the record of Gov. Sebelius when she served in the Kansas Legislature, Representative Sebelius voted to weaken or eliminate even such modest measures as unborn victims, parental notification, waiting periods and informed consent,” the letter stated.

“During her time as Governor, Kathleen Sebelius has cut state funding for abortion alternatives, vetoed a bill imposing minimal sanitary standards on abortion clinics, and vetoed a bill that would have strengthened late term abortion law,” the letter continued.

Sebelius’ ties to late-term abortionist George Tiller are even more revealing. Operation Rescue found that “Tiller the Baby Killer” not only personally donated $200K to his own PAC to defeat Sebelius’ opponent in the 2002 gubernatorial race, but Sebelius hosted a party at the Governor’s mansion in 2007 honoring Tiller, who is infamous for performing abortions up until the birth date of the fetus.

The addition of Sebelius and several other pro-abortion members to the Obama Administration signaled to some pro-life advocates that passage of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is imminent.  During the Presidential campaign then candidate Obama, notorious for his support of infanticide as an Illinois State Senator, stated, “The first thing I would do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.”

According to the pro-abortion National Organization for Women, FOCA would “sweep away hundreds of anti-abortion laws, policies” in one stroke.

Yet according to Deal W. Hudson, editor of InsideCatholic.com, passage of FOCA may not be the vehicle Obama uses to push his radical agenda.  According to Hudson, “Although the Freedom of Choice Act has not been introduced, the strategy of the Obama Administration appears to be pursuing the equivalent outcomes of FOCA without passing FOCA itself.  Putting someone at the helm of Health and Human Services will put tremendous pressure on all healthcare institutions to provide abortions under the cover of ‘women’s healthcare.’”

Hudson noted Obama’s executive orders lifting the Bush Administration bans on federal funding for abortions abroad and embryonic stem cell research, and the proposal filed in March to “rescind in its entirety” what is known as the “conscience exemption.” The “conscience exemption,” which provides protection to health care workers who refuse to perform certain medical practices for moral reasons, enjoys broad support among most Americans. Ninety percent of Republicans, as well as 78 percent of Independents and 60 percent of Democrats agree that doctors and nurses who believe that abortion is murder should be exempted from being required to perform an abortion according to a recent Zogby/O’Leary Report poll.

Perhaps Obama, realizing the unpopularity of his radical abortion agenda among Americans, has decided bypass FOCA and institute his policies through the backdoor – doubtless Sebelius will help him. Obama hinted at this during his 100 days infomercial last Wednesday night when he said, “The Freedom of Choice Act is not my highest priority legislation. I believe that women should have the right to choose.”

According to Operation Rescue’s Newman, “We were successful at making her nomination all about abortion, especially late-term abortions that are opposed by 88% of the public. We were also able to expose Sebelius’ friend and benefactor, late-term abortionist George Tiller, on a national level. Because of this, Sebelius has become damaged political goods.  She is going into one of the most important positions in our government with a radical agenda, but with clipped wings that could impede her ability to implement that agenda.”

We can only hope more outrage to Obama’s forthcoming radical agenda on abortion will further clip the wings on his newly confirmed angel of death.


Best Selling Author Brad O’Leary serves as President of ATI-News, Chairman of the Board of PM Direct and is the former President of the American Association of Political Consultants.

Brad is also the publisher of The O'Leary Report, http://www.olearyreport.com.  From 1993 to 1997, Brad hosted a talk show program on NBC Westwood One that boasted two million listeners a day. He was also a cover story and feature writer for USA Today Weekend Magazine with 100 million weekly readers. O’Leary is also the executive producer or producer of 11 television series and 27 television specials, including award-winning shows on President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. O’Leary is the author of 11 books, including Presidential Follies, Are You a Conservative or a Liberal?, Triangle of Death and The Audacity of Deceit:

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