Archive for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Anti-abortion group raises new questions over Sebelius nomination

April 15, 2009


— An anti-abortion group released a document Wednesday that it said raises new questions about Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ ties to one the few U.S. physicians performing late-term abortions.

Operation Rescue opposes Sebelius’ nomination as secretary of health and human services secretary and hopes to block her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Sebelius has a long record of supporting abortion rights.

Sebelius’ spokeswoman described the document as only a political “mass mailing” and “really not news.”

But Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, an anti-abortion Republican who has endorsed Sebelius’ HHS nomination, said recent questions about past political support for her from Dr. George Tiller are “very troubling.”

The document released Wednesday was a September 2002 letter signed by Tiller on the stationery of ProKanDo, a political action committee initially affiliated with Tiller’s clinic in Wichita.

In it, Tiller mentions a $200,000 “personal contribution” to the PAC to defeat Sebelius’ Republican opponent in the 2002 governor’s race.

In written answers to senators’ questions, Sebelius initially said she received $12,450 from Tiller between 1994-2001, while serving as Kansas insurance commissioner.

Earlier this week, she amended her answers to note an additional $23,000 in contributions in 2000-2002 from Tiller or his clinic to a PAC she formed as insurance commissioner to help elect Democrats.


BrianR 8 years, 11 months ago

Operation Rescue is a group domestic terrorists and should be treated accordingly.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 11 months ago

bearded_gnome (Anonymous) says…

no, everybody doesn't cheat/lie/fail at taxes: Rush Limbaugh doesnt; GWB doesnt, because if he did there'd be uproar on the left loonie side; you all believe Dick Cheney is the heart of evil, and he doesn't; and Hannity doesn't.

“There was an oversight in the initial answer provided to the committee,” HHS spokesman Nick Papas said Monday. “Obviously donations to the PAC are a matter of public record. The governor is updating the answer to this question and will resubmit it to the committee.”

It was the second time in her confirmation process that Sebelius had to explain a financial oversight to the Finance Committee. Earlier, she corrected three years’ worth of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes to fix improper deductions.

but the demorat governor of kansas does, and her 'judge' hubby. what does that really say about them?

now, Tiller's blood money is found to be floating her. no surprise to us.

Jersey_Girl 8 years, 11 months ago

Oooohhh, Sebelius had to pay $7,000 in back taxes on three years' of tax returns. Am I impressed that her taxes were off? No. But I'm not dismayed and feel betrayed, either. Yes, we've seen several of Obama's nominees come up with difficulties with their tax returns. Embarrassing at most. How would the Republicans fair if we shone the spotlight on their tax returns? I'm sure that statistically, that are an equal number of mistakes made by Republicans...or their accountants.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 11 months ago


I affiliate with Operation Rescue. I'm sorry you consider me a terrorist.

staff04 8 years, 11 months ago

STRS, Troy Newman (founder of Operation Rescue) associates himself with Army of God, which the FBI thinks is a terrorist group, albeit poorly organized.

kugrad 8 years, 11 months ago

BrianR's claim does actually have some validity if you use the definitions the Bush administration used of providing material support to terrorists making one a terrorist. Operation rescue members may be unaware of the full history of their organization. I am no student of OR, but I do recall that within the last couple of decades they have defended the bombing of abortion clinics, refused to condemn the bombing of abortion clinics, and been apologists for abortion clinic bombers. I suspect many people who support their goals would not agree with them on this issue, but the facts remain. Personally, I oppose abortion but would not give OR a dime. There is no defense for bombing abortion clinics. It is terrorism, pure and simple.

Cait McKnelly 8 years, 11 months ago

o_O The fact that a PAC gave money to defeat someones opponent is a big deal? Wow! Someone call Ripley's! Oh and by the way while you're at it someone should tell those Swiftboaters that too. /sarcasm As for Troy Newman, I can't say that man's name without wanting to spit. A bigger liar never lived. I take comfort in the fact that someday he'll be judged by the God he says he believes in.

MyName 8 years, 11 months ago

Wait, you mean to tell me that Tiller doesn't like Republicans? Whoda thought it!

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 11 months ago

I thought the right wing was the party of free speech?

I guess only when it comes to Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, etc.

News flash - George Tiller didn't want Tim Shallenberger or Phill Kline to be elected in 2002 so he spent a bunch of his own money on a self funded political campaign.

How does that tie to Sebelius? My understanding is that 3rd party expenditures like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were to in no way be tied to George W. Bush. What's the difference?

The hypocrisy of the terrorists on the right knows no bounds.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 11 months ago

Did Sanger ever build bombs in her spare time, like Cheryl Sullenger? no, she just advocated and envisioned eugenics, and managing to cut birth rates of nondesired populations. in this country, abortion strikes disproportionately babies who are jewish, hispanic, and black. Planned parenthood said it would accept money explicitly for the aborting of black babies.

killed more babies with abortion than with bombs, ya' think?

ModerateOne 8 years, 11 months ago

How do you stop abortion? Seriously?

Do you throw the mother in jail?

KS 8 years, 11 months ago

Boy, the left wing terrorists are at it on this one. Talk about being out of touch with America, they are out of touch with reality.

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