HHS head Kathleen Sebelius is in hot water on 2 fronts: health care conscience rights and funding for Planned Parenthood.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight panel wants Sebelius to justify funding abortion giant Planned Parenthood after it’s been caught red-handed –repeatedly–in the despicable act of aiding and abetting sex trafficking and prostitution of girls as young as 14.
Congressman Mike Pence has introduced legislation that would yank PP’s Title X family planning money, but he told the Times he will go further and introduce an amendment to cut all federal funding to PP.
Congress can’t possibly expect any honest help defunding Planned Parenthood from Sebelius, with a long history of collaborating with abortion interests.
In 2006, Sebelius & PP President Cecile Richards teamed up to spend millions to unseat then Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, who possessed incriminating criminal evidence against PP in Overland Park.
Weeks later, a big Kansas City birthday bash for Sebelius was hosted by PP (see PP 2007 newsletter coverage here), when they were still under state criminal investigation. (That prosecution is not yet over.)
On Monday, 46 Congressmen signed a letter to Sebelius asking her to explain why her department is seeking to repeal conscience protections for health care workers in light of known attacks on such workers:
1) a nurse, who lost her job after being forced to participate in an abortion, and on whose behalf, only HHS can seek reparations.
2) problematic language on the applications for Vanderbilt’s nurse residency program with a pledge to participate in abortions.
In November, Obama attorneys admitted that the administration wants to finalize a rescission of the conscience rules. With the March 1 timeline approaching, the members of Congress want Sebelius to know they oppose recission.