Catholics United Behind Sebelius as HHS Secretary

Catholics United today announced a new initiative intended to educate
Catholic leaders and laity on Governor Kathleen Sebelius’ record and to stand
behind her nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The effort
features a Web site – www.catholicsforsebelius.org – which includes
facts about Gov. Sebelius' record on issues important to Catholics, and a
grassroots petition to demonstrate Catholic support for her nomination.

Catholic United's announcement comes as well-funded partisan operatives seek
to distort Catholic teaching in a cynical effort to smear Governor Sebelius.

Gov. Sebelius is a proven and tireless advocate for children's health care,
education, adoption, and support for pregnant women, all components of a public
policy agenda intended to benefit the common good. Under her leadership, the
state of Kansas has witnessed sharp declines in both abortions and teen
pregnancy. Because
of her success in expanding health care coverage and reducing abortions, we feel
that Gov. Sebelius is an excellent choice to lead our nation's Department of
Health and Human Services.

Ever since the New York Times reported on the possibility of
Sebelius's nomination on February 19, right-wing organizations, opposed to
universal healthcare for all Americans, have been spreading misinformation about
Gov. Sebelius' record on pro-life issues in order to malign her to the Catholic
community. Catholics United intends to correct these smears by educating
Catholics and the media about Gov. Sebelius' record of reducing abortions in
Kansas by 10% during her time as Governor. As Governor, she:

* supported Pregnancy Maintenance Initiatives, which are pro-life programs run
through agencies such as Catholic Charities that provide pregnant women with
alternatives to abortion;

* signed Alexa’s Law, to deal with certain crimes against unborn children,
defined as meaning a fetus at any state of gestation from fertilization to
birth. As a result, if a pregnant woman was murdered, the offender could be
charged with the murder of the unborn child as well;

* signed a law doubling the adoption tax credit and oversaw an expansion of
adoption support spending in Kansas from $17,566,288 in 2003 to a projected
$23,279,623 in 2008; and

* oversaw a decline in teen pregnancies between 2002 and 2007.

Our nation desperately needs leaders who can bring Americans together behind
common ground, common good solutions to the problems of our day.

Kathleen Sebelius’ ability to lead as a popular Democrat in a very conservative
state proves she is the right woman for the job. We call on all people of good
will to support her nomination and we look forward to her service in this
important position.

Read Opposing Views on this issue:

Family Research Council - "Obama Makes Wrong HHS Choice in Kathleen Sebelius"

Deal Hudson - "Obama's Choice of Sebelius Heats Up Pro-Life Battle"



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