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Remind me again why we're kowtowing to the forced pregnancy loons?

They're holding Sibelius up, and confirming her is going to require 60 votes (translation: Filibuster, except it's not a filibuster when Republicans do it, and we have a free press, and up is down). Anyhow, what Reid should do is let 'em filibuster. But the old-fashioned way

Where they have bring in matresses to sleep on the Senate Floor and read The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire into the record for sixty hours. When your enemy's drowning, throw 'em an anvil.

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Submitted by Easily Distract... on

regarding the Sebelius matter. This could be a nasty one, as the background confirms:

I always believed Sebelius was going to be problematic all along. Kansas (and specifically Wichita) has become sort of a battleground for anti-choice folks. And most of the controversy surrounds a doctor in Wichita (Dr. Tiller) who performs late term abortions (and I do mean late term). In fact, he is one of only several in the country that do and therefore he attracts considerable patients from all over the country. In fact, more non-state residents receive abortions in the state than residents (see below). Dr. Tiller was recently acquitted of grand jury indictments for allegedly violating Kansas abortion statutes. Sebelius today vetoed amendments to the law that would have virtually shut down Dr. Tiller.

Governor Sebelius brought a lot of this on herself when she misstated campaign contributions she had received from a doctor closely associated with Dr. Tiller -- in fact the sole doctor Tiller uses to corroborate a late term abortion, as required by Kansas law. Kansas changed the abortion statute in the late 90s, requiring an additional diagnosis from a Kansas doctor. The entire intent of the amendment was to shut down late term abortions. Dr. Tiller found only one doctor in the state that would work with him. That doctor contributed to Governor Sibelius campaign fund.

Put simply, the fanatical anti-choice folks have undoubtedly drawn a line in the sand on this one. They are pissed over Tiller, they are pissed over his acquittal, they are pissed over Sibelius and now, pissed about the veto. I'm convinced they're calling in all the markers on this one.

At one time Obama was purportedly considering Sibelius as his running mate. I believe that all this baggage helped doom her for that slot. Here's a little snippet:

"For the past decade, almost half of the abortions performed in Kansas have been for women who didn't live here.

They come from far as California, Maine and even Alaska. But mostly they just cross over the state line from Missouri.

Data recently released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment show that last year was no different. Of the 10,836 abortions done in Kansas in 2007, 5,162 (about 48 percent) were performed on women who lived outside of the state.

Those on both sides of the abortion issue have theories for why the out-of-state numbers are so high and what it adds to the debate in Kansas.

Most of the out-of-state numbers are attributed to the lack of abortion providers in Missouri.

Other contributing factors are the differences in state laws, especially in regard to those under age 18, and the late-term abortions performed by Wichita-based Dr. George Tiller.
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Two of Kansas' high-profile anti-abortion organizations point to Tiller's clinic in Wichita as the main reason for the out-of-state numbers.

Tiller's practice, one of the few in the country that offers late-term abortions, draws women from both coasts and many places in between.

In 2007, as in years past, abortions performed past 22 weeks of pregnancy made up a small percentage of Kansas' overall total, less than 4 percent. Yet more than 90 percent of the women getting late-term abortions were from outside Kansas." Link

Sorry for the length of this post. But I thought this background be an interesting read.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i knew most of this already, but hadn't seen it yet all in one article.

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Submitted by Easily Distract... on

I might suggest an all out counter offensive from those that support Governor Sebelius' nomination. Because the opposition is not sitting still on this one:

Washington, DC - Opposition to the nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services continues to grow as the Senate is flooded with calls, faxes, and e-mails from grassroots campaigns led by an increasing number of conservative, pro-family groups.

This opposition exploded when Operation Rescue made public, and the Associated Press reported the fact that Sebelius had grossly underreported to the Senate Finance Committee the amount of financial support she had received from controversial late-term abortionist George Tiller.

“We have been urging our supporters to call, e-mail, and fax their Senators, and I know several other national groups have been doing the same. It is our understanding that thousands and thousands of people have been voicing their concerns that Gov. Sebelius’ extreme views on abortion, and her lack of candor about them, make her unfit to head the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

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Submitted by gizzardboy on

It seems to me that as long as the Senate Repugs can say "You don't have 60 votes." and Harry Reid says "OK, lets go on to the next thing.", as long as that is the consequence, 59 Democrats are stuck going nowhere. They need to pick their fights well, so the Repugs get no good sound bites and will just show up as obstructionists, and then say "Let's have that filibuster!"