Xavier Becerra: Unqualified to Lead the Department of Health and Human Services

Confirmed by Senate on 50-49 vote

By Laura Echevarria, Director of Communications and Press Secretary 

WASHINGTON — “Xavier Becerra is unqualified to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His confirmation shows just how far the pro-abortion Democrats are willing to go to support abortion on demand and the demands of pro-abortion groups,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. 

“Xavier Becerra has no health care experience but plenty of abortion advocacy and he is being rewarded by the Biden administration for that extremism.”

Tobias continued, “HHS plays a critical role in the distribution of the COVID vaccines and the production of those vaccines. Becerra’s lack of healthcare experience clearly disqualifies him from leading the nation’s healthcare agency.”

In a vote of 50-49, the U.S. Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra to the position of Secretary of HHS.

The two most immediate prior heads of HHS, Alex Azar and Dr. Tom Price, each brought a depth of healthcare experience. From 2005-2007, Mr. Azar served as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, and had years of experience working with the pharmaceutical industry.

“The nation needs a Secretary with the public health experience necessary to help put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tobias. “Becerra’s confirmation looks more and more like a deal with abortion groups to confirm an activist because Xavier Becerra brings no healthcare experience to the position but plenty of abortion advocacy.”

Planned Parenthood Action praised Mr. Becerra’s extensive pro-abortion advocacy as the attorney general of California, concluding, “Becerra has proven himself, over his career, to be the staunch sexual and reproductive health and rights champion we need.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America also praised Mr. Becerra, saying, “He has been a champion for protecting access to healthcare, including access to abortion care.”

Xavier Becerra has a proven track record of being hostile on pro-life issues. Becerra’s support of abortion on demand for any reason and at any time during pregnancy, as well as his campaign against pregnancy help centers, is extensive and well documented. His actions on behalf of a multi-million-dollar industry while attorney general include:

*Zealously defending a California law (the “Reproductive FACT Act”) that targeted pregnancy resource centers and forced them to advertise for abortion. 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 filing an amicus brief in June Medical Services v. Russo, a Supreme Court case which involved a Louisiana law 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.

“It seems that the Biden-Harris administration’s primary qualifier for Becerra is his abortion activism,” said Tobias. “Placing someone with no health care experience at the head of the Department of Health and Human Services is a prescription for failure and places millions of American lives at risk.”

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing California’s 34th Congressional District, Becerra had a 100% voting record with the abortion lobby group NARAL:

*Voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would prevent abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy when extensive evidence shows an unborn child is capable of feeling great pain;

*Voted against a law that would prevent the interstate transport of minors for the express purpose of obtaining an abortion without the parents’ knowledge or permission. The law would have prevented a statutory rapist from taking his victim across state lines to bypass parental involvement laws;

*Voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which would require that a baby born alive during an abortion be afforded the same degree of care that would apply to any other child delivered at the same gestational age;

*Voted against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act that would have made it a crime to harm an unborn child when a perpetrator was committing another crime; and,

*Voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act which outlawed an abortion procedure where a child is delivered until all but the head is exposed. Then the child is stabbed in the back of the neck with scissors or other sharp instrument, a suction device is inserted, the baby’s brains are suctioned out, and the baby’s skull collapses. This allows for a completed delivery of the now-dead baby.