Senate Finance Committee Votes to Advance Secretary of HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra: No Public Health Experience, Plenty of Abortion Advocacy

By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, with no Republican support, moved to advance the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Xavier Becerra has no health care experience but, if confirmed, would lead the Department of Health and Human Services during a pandemic,” Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “While Mr. Becerra lacks health care experience, he makes up for it with his proven track record of extreme abortion advocacy and hostility to pro-lifers.”

Tobias continued, “Mr. Becerra’s nomination by this administration is a favor to the abortion industry. It is difficult to conclude otherwise when Mr. Becerra brings no public health experience to the position. Putting him at the head of the nation’s health care agency is a prescription for disaster.” 

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. His actions on behalf of the multi-million-dollar abortion industry while California attorney general include:

●       Zealously defending a California law (the “Reproductive FACT Act”) that targeted pregnancy resource centers and forced them to advertise for abortion. In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck California’s “Reproductive FACT Act”

●       Leading numerous efforts on behalf of attorneys general filing amicus briefs opposing other state’s pro-life laws.

●       Joining a pro-abortion coalition of attorneys general and filed an amicus brief in June Medical Services v. Russo that required abortionists to have the same hospital admitting privileges as other surgeons in the state.

●       Leading an attack against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and its founder David Daleiden, who was responsible for the undercover video series exposing top Planned Parenthood leadership negotiating the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts.  CMP brought a lawsuit against California Attorney General Becerra, Planned Parenthood, and then-Senator Kamala Harris “for conspiracy to violate First and Fourteenth Amendment civil rights.” This lawsuit followed a hostile campaign by Mr. Becerra’s office that sought punitive action against those who exposed Planned Parenthood’s alleged involvement in the sale of fetal body parts harvested from abortions.

●       Joining a pro-abortion coalition of attorneys general from several states in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that the restrictions on mifepristone abortions be lifted and joining the same coalition of attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of a court challenge.