Sam Brownback has Betrayed Pro-Lifers with Sebelius Nod

| by Jill Stanek
I have one more post left in me to write about Senator Sam Brownback's endorsement of KS Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary, and then I'll move on. First, read today's "Brownback - Turncoat" by Fr. Tom Euteneuer of Human Life International. Here's an excerpt, but the entire piece is a must read:

Senator Brownback seems not to understand the Church's profoundly wounded heart with regard the slaughter of the innocents. The Church tells us never to participate in that slaughter, no matter what the cost; we do not give aid and comfort to the enemies of human life, we do not stand by while the innocent are being dragged off to a violent murder, and under no circumstances do we endorse the political aspirations of their executioners. Politicians who sell the lives of babies for political gains are the worst kind of turncoats...

Contrast that with this, sent yesterday...

With all due respect to Kansans for Life, and I have friends in that group, please don't tell me not to get upset with Sam Brownback. He may have done great things in the past, but as of now he is no different than Doug Kmiec. It is of no help to the movement to excuse major betrayals. Sam Brownback is the Senate Pro-life Caucus leader, for heaven's sakes! He's supposed to be the standardbearer! Would Louise Slaughter, Democrat co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus endorse a Republican pro-lifer - particularly hard core - for anything, never mind HHS Secretary? Some pro-lifers say if we're nice to Brownback he may reverse his support, but if he feels backed into a corner he won't. Let me tell you something. It was after Tuesday's VAT meeting with national conservative leaders the Kansas City Star blog reported this:

After a day of uncertainty, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said Tuesday he would vote to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius...."The President won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the cabinet," Brownback said in a statement. "Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan."

What kind of excuses were those? Brownback had a golden opportunity to recant. He admitted in that meeting he knew Sebelius was bad and in fact had more dirt on her than anyone in the room. Yet what did he do? He issued a second endorsement statement of the most pro-abortion governor in the country.

And there was this extra tidbit:

Brownback's position had been a concern to the White House. Two sources have told The Star that Obama himself called Brownback last week to gauge his reaction. The president wanted to be sure that Brownback wouldn't work to derail the nomination, a top Democrat said.

The problem here is not having faith in the truth, of relying instead on expedient political calculations that may or may not play out. We can't judge how God will orchestrate the future. But the one thing pro-lifers do know is right from wrong in the moment. Brownback knew right from wrong. He did wrong and then got obstinate about it. He can still man up, and I pray for that, but whitewashing his behavior is of no help to him or the babies.

I have a personal fear of screwing up. I've made giant mistakes in my life and don't want to ruin my testimony any more than I have. Despite all that, God has graciously given me a platform, and I don't want to let him down. So I have this excerpt from a devotion taped inside the front cover of my Bible, and I read it often:

We are children of the King with a standard to uphold and a Father to represent. "God, may I finish well?" [Joni Eareckson Tada] prays. "Can I just make it to the finish line without doing something really dumb that brings shame to your name or stains your Gospel?"

The plea to finish well is one she has heard expressed by
James Dobson and discussed with Charles Colson over dinner. The notion originated with Paul, and she reads the passage with emphasis, "'I consider my life worth nothing to me if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace (Acts 20:24).' Yep, that's what I want to do, right there," she says tapping her arm brace against the open book. "Good verse."

Brownback can still finish well. He can still pull this out. He is going into this debacle with eyes wide open. If he doesn't, don't tell me, "Senator Brownback is pro-life and no one should forget it." I'll forget it.