HHS Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra evades explaining why he wouldn’t vote to ban gruesome partial-birth abortions

By Dave Andrusko

You didn’t need a crystal ball to anticipate that President Biden’s  HHS nominee Xavier Becerra, a man with a long track record of pro-abortion advocacy in Congress and afterward and a history of persecuting  pregnancy help centers, would dance around his opposition to banning the hideous partial-birth abortion technique.

Becerra, whom NRLC strongly opposes, testified today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. News accounts focused on his back and forth with Sen. Mitt Romney and Sen. Mike Braun.

To quote from a story that appeared at National Review Online

While “mainstream Republicans and mainstream Democrats disagree” on abortion, “most people agree that partial-birth abortion is awful,” Romney said at Becerra’s confirmation hearing. “You voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. Why?”

Becerra responded, “When I come to these issues, I understand that we may not always agree on where to go, but I think we can find some common ground on these issues.”

“I think we can reach common ground on many issues,” Romney said, “but on partial-birth abortion it sounds like we’re not going to reach common ground there.”

For those who may be unfamiliar with the  trench war fight to ban partial-birth abortion, it was a battle led by National Right to Life that went on for years before President George W. Bush finally signed the bill into law and the Supreme Court upheld the law in 2007 in Gonzales v. Carhart.

You wouldn’t think anyone could think such abortions should be legal. A baby is mostly delivered, surgical scissors are jammed into the back of the baby’s skull, and her brains are vacuumed out like so much soot. 

But Xavier Becerra did, voting against the ban in 2000 as a Member of the House.

In its letter to the Senate, NRLC wrote

Not only does Mr. Becerra lack meaningful healthcare experience, but he would also use this office to impose his ideology on matters related to abortion and other right to life concerns, among others. NRLC urges you to vote against advancing or approving the nomination of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of HHS and reserves the right to include any appropriate roll call(s) on the nomination in our scorecard of key right-to-life roll calls of the 117th Congress.

Faced with an ongoing pandemic and looming public health challenges, Mr. Becerra would bring no public health experience. Prior to becoming California’s attorney general in 2017, he served 12 terms in the House of Representatives.  …

While Mr. Becerra lacks public-health experience, he does have a proven track record of being hostile on pro-life issues. As California’s attorney general, Mr. Becerra repeatedly and aggressively attacked protective pro-life laws and organizations with rancor. While a congressman, he had a 100% pro-abortion voting record.

Mr. Becerra’s support of abortion on demand for any reason and at any time, and his campaign against pregnancy help centers, is extensive and well documented