WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today voted against the nomination of Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius was confirmed by a vote of 65 to 31.
"I believe there is no mission more important than standing up for the sanctity of human life," Senator Inhofe said. "Therefore, I felt compelled to vote against the nomination of Kathleen Seblius for Secretary of Health and Human Services. As Governor of Kansas since 2002, Sebelius has a clear record of supporting abortion and policies that I believe impact the health and safety of women and parental rights. Simply put, I could not vote to support the nomination of an individual who holds opinions vastly conflicting with my own and those held by my constituents."
Sebelius has held her position as governor since 2002, and in that time, she has taken a stand not only against life, but also against the health and safety of women and parental rights.
- In 2003 and 2005, she vetoed legislation that placed standards of safety on abortion centers performing procedures under unsafe medical conditions. These bills sought to establish the same safety standards that are required in every Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that performs more than five first trimester abortions a year.
- She vetoed legislation that required a clear medical reason for any late-term abortion.
- She also vetoed legislation that required anyone performing a post-viable abortion (an abortion performed on a baby able to breathe on its own outside the womb) to provide a diagnosis that supported the abortion.
- And, in 2008, she vetoed a bill that required parental notification of any abortion performed on a minor.