US Senate urged to reject Biden’s radically anti-life nominee to lead Health Department

‘Becerra has spent his entire career promoting pro-abortion laws and vindictively targeting pro-lifers. He’s not just pro-abortion; he’s anti-life’

WASHINGTON, DC, February 23, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life and pro-freedom advocates are calling for the U.S. Senate to reject California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a radical advocate of abortion and euthanasia, as the new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Confirmation hearings for Becerra are being held today in the U.S. Senate.

“Becerra has spent his entire career promoting pro-abortion laws and vindictively targeting pro-lifers. He’s not just pro-abortion; he’s anti-life,” Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice said earlier today.

 

According to moral theologian and attorney Kenneth Craycraft, during Beccerra’s tenure as a U.S. Representative from 1993 to 2017, “no member of Congress exceeded his enthusiasm for abortion for any or no reason up to, and even during, the birth of a child.”

Pro-life Oklahoma Senator James Lankford (R) explained that in addition to being “one of the country’s most ardent advocates for abortion,” Becerra “has no health care experience and has directly advocated for the violation of federal conscience protection laws, including supporting legislation that would force religious employers like Hobby Lobby to violate their conscience and cover the morning-after pill.”

Becerra exercised the same aggression against the Little Sister of the Poor. As Kristin Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, described, “the Sisters fought all the way to the Supreme Court twice to follow their consciences” in refusing to subsidize contraceptives and abortifacient chemicals in their health plans “with Becerra suing to end their religious exemption.”

Roger Severino, who served as the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS during the Trump administration, has said that Becerra’s confirmation would be “an astounding conflict of interest.”

“Becerra is dangerously unqualified to lead HHS during a national pandemic,” said Severino, who now runs the HHS Accountability Initiative at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “He has no public health experience and wants to impose California’s COVID-19 failures and abortion extremism on the rest of the nation. When I was head of Civil Rights at HHS, I twice held Becerra in violation of laws protecting conscience in health care resulting in a $200 million disallowance of HHS funds to California. For Becerra to head the very agency that investigated him and found he broke the law would be an astounding conflict of interest.”

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