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Kathleen Sebelius Not Responsible for Reducing Abortions in Kansas
By Demi Bardsley
March 19, 2009
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Supporters of Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination for director of the Health and Human Services (HHS) department claim she is responsible for reducing abortions in Kansas.  This is simply untrue.


First of all, as Professor Michael New of the University of Alabama has pointed out, abortion statistics from Kansas are some of the most unreliable in the country.  There are fluctuations in the numbers that are partly due to changes in reporting and not the actual incidence of abortion (Michael New, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, personal correspondence, March 5, 2009).


And if the Kansas abortion statistics are taken at face value, it is true that the number of abortions declined by about seven percent between 2003 and 2007.  However, that percentage is merely part of a long-term abortion decline in Kansas that began in 1999, four years before Sebelius took office in 2003![1]


Sebelius vetoed several pieces of pro-life legislation from 2003 to 2007.  As recently as 2008, she vetoed a bill that would have strengthened the state’s ban on late-term abortions by allowing private lawsuits against providers.  She also vetoed a bill imposing sanitation requirements on abortion clinics and one that would require specific medical reasons for late-term abortions.[2] These actions provide a far better indication of her views on sanctity of life issues than an incidental abortion decline that happened to occur during her time in office.


Governor Sebelius’ ties to notorious late-term abortionist George Tiller are troubling as well.  He contributed thousands to her campaign for insurance commissioner and attended an April 2007 reception at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion.  Tiller boasts that the number of abortions he has performed in his career is 60,000.  He says he performs about 100 every week.  He is the go-to man for late-term abortions in the second and third trimesters.[3]


Either Kathleen Sebelius is responsible for reducing abortions or she is, as many have called her, “the most pro-abortion governor in the country.”  She cannot be both.  And the evidence clearly shows that Governor Sebelius has proven herself to be just that — the most pro-abortion governor in the country.


Demi Bardsley is an intern with Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program.  To learn more about internship opportunities at CWA, visit .



[1] “Abortions in Kansas 2007, Preliminary Report,” Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Division of Health, Center for Health and Environmental Statistics, p. 5, March 28, 2008.

[2] Brody, David, “Pro-Life Groups Tee Off on Sebelius Abortion Record,” CBN News, March 1, 2009,

[3] Ibid.

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