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  Anti-abortion groups decry GOP silence on Sebelius
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News DateSunday, April 5, 2009 03:20:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Jeffrey Young
Posted: 04/05/09 08:50 PM [ET]

Anti-abortion activists and other conservatives are not happy with Republican senators for not taking a tough line against Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius, the Democratic governor of Kansas, made her Capitol Hill debut last week at two confirmation hearings. Anti-abortion groups have been campaigning against her nomination to the Cabinet based on her record in favor of abortion rights.

Conservatives also howled when Sebelius disclosed she had paid more than $7,000 in back taxes while being vetted for the post.

But when presented with a chance to attack President Obama’s nominee last week, Republican senators passed. During her appearances before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and Finance committees, Sebelius did not field a single question about abortion or her unpaid taxes.

Conservative groups that oppose Sebelius’s confirmation are displeased with their erstwhile allies in the Senate – and say they will make their voices heard while lawmakers are in their home states for the current two-week recess.
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