Pro-life group calls for Health Secretary Sebelius to resign over Kansas destruction of records
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2011 (ALL.org) - With the growing evidence strengthening the connection between the possible illegal destruction of records in the criminal case against Planned Parenthood in Kansas, and the current Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, American Life League (ALL) has called for Secretary Sebelius to resign from her cabinet level position in the Obama administration.
“At a time when the implementation of major changes to our health systems is drawing near,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of ALL, “we need a HHS secretary the people can trust to uphold the law and with the time to devote fully to the operation of that area of the government. It is becoming clear that Secretary Sebelius is going to be distracted by the likely criminal allegations against her and her administration in Kansas.”
Under then Governor Sebelius, a prominent pro-abortion Catholic later chosen by Obama as U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services, the Kansas Health and Education Department fought access by Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline to originals of abortion reports. Kline had launched a criminal investigation that alleged Planned Parenthood had falsified records and failed to follow abortion law. Kline ultimately got copies under court order but KHED later destroyed the originals.
In April 2009, Steve Six, an abortion supporter appointed by Sebelius to fill a vacancy in the attorney general’s office, then destroyed the remaining evidentiary copies left in the care of the AG’s office — even though the criminal case was still pending in Johnson County. The recent revelation that key evidence related to all 23 felony charges had been destroyed by Sebelius-controlled KHED and Sebelius-appointed Steve Six forced District Judge Stephen Tatum to dismiss all the most serious criminal charges as well as 26 related misdemeanor charges.
“As the leader of ALL’s efforts against Planned Parenthood,” Sedlak continued, “we have long known of the connections between that organization and Sebelius. With the growing data being unearthed by organizations and individuals in Kansas, it appears her legal culpability will be much larger than first thought. Now is the time for Secretary Sebelius to resign. Anything less would be a disservice to the American people and to those who believe that government officials are not above the law and their positions should be used to serve the public: not to thwart the law in order to advance individual ideology.”