Wash. Post latest to omit Sebelius' Catholic support

››› ››› LAUREN AUERBACH

A Washington Post article quoted the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute saying of secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius: "That she is a dissident Catholic is a further slap in the face to Catholics and the Catholic Church." But the article did not note that President Obama's selection of Sebelius has received support from Catholics United and numerous other Catholics.

In a March 3 Washington Post article, staff writer Michael A. Fletcher quoted Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute president Austin Ruse saying of secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius: "That she is a dissident Catholic is a further slap in the face to Catholics and the Catholic Church." But Fletcher did not point out that President Obama's selection of Sebelius has received support from Catholics United and numerous other Catholics, including Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS).

As Media Matters for America noted, several of Sebelius' supporters are Catholic. In a February 28 blog post, the nonprofit advocacy group Catholics United "announced a new initiative intended to educate Catholic leaders and laity on Governor Kathleen Sebelius' record and to stand behind her nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services." On March 1, Catholics United released a statement of support for Sebelius from "26 Catholic leaders, scholars and theologians."

Media Matters has previously noted CBS quoting Catholic League president Bill Donohue saying Sebelius "is an insult to Catholics" without mentioning her Catholic support.

From Fletcher's March 3 Washington Post article:

But Sebelius, a Roman Catholic who strongly supports abortion rights, was denounced by some abortion critics.

"President Obama insists he wants to reduce abortions, yet he insists upon appointing pro-abortion extremists to vitally important governmental posts that will directly impact the abortion rate," said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. "Governor Sebelius never met an abortion she didn't support, including partial-birth abortions. That she is a dissident Catholic is a further slap in the face to Catholics and the Catholic Church."

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