Guest Author - Gina Cowley
The controversial presidential appointment of Alexia Kelley as head of the DHHS Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives has ignited yet another firestorm (yawn) in the never-ending culture was the sex that is everyone in America is having that is the business of everyone else in America. In a nutshell, Alice co-founded an organization, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, considered politically progressive in that its pro-life position focused on reducing the need for abortion rather than advocating changes in abortion law - interestingly enough the group is considered to have aligned with the liberal persuasion, and has in fact been greatly Criticized for it.
Jon O'Brien, president of the Catholics for Choice immediately deemed the appointment "a defeat of logic and reason." He likewise tied the timing of the appointment to the murder of Dr. George Tiller in what can only be categorized as a pathetic attempt To buttress his own politics and / or to create further hostility in an area of politics where we need absolutely no more. His problem (obviously) is Alexia's pro-life position given her appointment to head an office in the federal agency which sets national health policy including policy on abortion. Relax Jon, if Alice turns to be about some kind of a zealous right wing upstart with a hidden world domination plan, organizes a secret group of ninja pro-lifers, Roe v. Wade gets overturned during a Kafkaesque dark of night, storms DHHS Director Kathleen Sebelius' office and successfully effectuates a hostile takeover of the entire agency, the government and its secret police are well equipped to handle the situation. Until then, the sun will rise. The sun will set. Despite our differences I maintain faith that we are resolute in our commonality as a people.
Former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who vetoed anti-abortion legislation in her state in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008, is Alexia Kelley's boss. It was Sebelius 'veto of the Kansas' state Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act, which allowed Dr. George Tiller to continue his controversial practice in that. Director Sebelius has protected the reproductive and privacy rights of women on multiple occasions in her home state and she will continue to do the same for women nationally. She is endorsed by Planned Parenthood of America. She has maintained the dignity of Constitutional principles as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States in making extremely difficult decisions. Her commitment led Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Fred Naumann to request that she no longer receive Holy Communion. Director Sebelius has indicated that the abortion rate declined in Kansas during her time as governor. She likewise focused on policy that would reduce the abortion rate in Kansas - and that policy was successful.
What's going on over at the federal Department of Health and Human Services is that two women of faith will weigh heavily on abortion policy in this country - one as the agency's director, the other as director of the DHHS Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives. It appears that Sebelius and Alexia will astutely complement each other in their efforts affecting the reproductive issues of women on a national scale. I applaud them both. Someone explain to me how logic and reason have been defeated.