Washington The Obama administration remains mum about who might take over the Department of Health and Human Services — and when that might be. But conservative religious activists have already launched a preemptive campaign against top contender Kathleen Sebelius.
Sebelius provided no comment Wednesday on whether she was being considered for the open secretary of health and human services position.
"I have no idea," she said and directed questions to the Obama administration.
The Kansas Democrat and Roman Catholic is “the most rabidly pro-abortion governor” in the country, according to the effort being waged by Operation Rescue through its Web site, which calls her and President Obama “birds of a feather.” The group is encouraging antiabortion activists to write Congress to oppose her.
As governor, Sebelius vetoed a bill that would have required clinics to report to the state the reason for any late-term abortion it performed. After her veto, the local archbishop called on Sebelius to not take the sacrament of Communion.
“Abortion is a personal decision made by a woman in consultation with her doctor, her family and her clergy,” Sebelius, in town for the National Governors Association meeting, said in response to the attack. “While my beliefs teach me that abortion is morally unacceptable, as a public official, I have worked hard to ensure that abortions are rare, safe, and within the bounds of the law.”