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Anti-Choice Senators Delay Vote on Sebelius

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Pro-choice Americans, if we ever needed your help, it's now. Via WaPo's 44 blog, we learned that anti-choice Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just "stymied" a vote today on the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to lead Health and Human Services (HHS):

At the start of the session today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) proposed taking a vote after five hours of debate. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) objected, arguing that lawmakers needed more time to consider her "fairly contentious" selection.

Readers may remember that the Finance Committee voted to confirm Sebelius on Tuesday with bipartisan support. Even anti-choice Sen. John Cornyn told Politico that he thinks Sebelius will ultimately be confirmed.

It's clear this vote was delayed simply because anti-choice senators were afraid to stand up to anti-choice activists that object to Sebelius' nomination SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE IS PRO-CHOICE. It's ridiculous, as Sebelius is eminently qualified for this position. She has spent the last 20 years in public service, ensuring that Kansans are healthy and safe, first as a state representative and then as insurance commissioner. Further, as governor, Sebelius has a strong record of protecting women's access to reproductive-health services and information. Her experience, extensive public service, and record protecting women's reproductive rights makes Gov. Sebelius a highly qualified nominee to serve as HHS secretary.

Please stand up for Gov. Sebelius: take action immediately to put an end to distortions and obstructive tactics. You can also call your senators and send a strong message to the Senate that it needs to confirm Gov. Sebelius, without delay:

  1. Call the Senate at (202) 224-3121. Let the operator know which Senate office you wish to speak to. If you're not sure who your senators are, let the operator know what state you live in.
  2. Use this message when speaking with the senator's staff person: "I'm calling to ask the senator to oppose any delays on Gov. Sebelius' nomination to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services, and I ask the senator to vote to confirm her nomination."
  3. Let us know you called by sending an email. Help us keep track of our progress!

Thanks for your help.

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