For Immediate Release
December 9, 2020
Director of External Relations, Live Action
Live Action Responds to Biden’s Projected Nomination of Xavier Becerra as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
Washington, D.C. – Joe Biden, projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, will nominate pro-abortion California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS plays a crucial role in setting public health policy for the federal government, including the oversight of major funding streams for the abortion industry. The department also oversees the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the deadly abortion pill. Becerra favors efforts to deregulate this pill which has killed over four million children and injured thousands of women.
Becerra, who succeeded Kamala Harris as California Attorney General, has spent his career in California politics shielding Planned Parenthood from investigation, violating the civil rights of pro-life pregnancy centers, and prosecuting pro-life journalists. With Becerra setting public health policy in the Biden-Harris cabinet, Americans can expect one of the most aggressively pro-abortion administration since Roe v. Wade legalized the killing of preborn children. We can also expect to see the pro-life gains made at HHS over the past four years to come under attack.
Becerra will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which has the constitutional authority to give advice and consent for all presidential cabinet nominees.
“Xavier Becerra is a deadly threat to preborn children. As California Attorney General, Becerra has proven to be an abortion activist, and an enemy of the First Amendment rights of pro-life journalists, pregnancy centers, churches, and religious organizations. He tried to force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion services, and lost at the Supreme Court. As California’s chief law enforcement officer, he prosecuted pro-life journalists instead of the criminals they exposed selling aborted baby body parts. He wants to force churches and religious orders to cover abortions and contraceptives under their healthcare plans, against the express judgment of the HHS Office of Civil Rights which held this policy to be a civil rights violation.
“Becerra is anti-science and sexist. In 2012, when he served in the U.S. Congress, he voted against H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), which would have imposed civil and criminal penalties on anyone knowingly attempting to perform a sex-selective abortion. He also voted against banning the heinous practice of partial birth abortion, a law which even Joe Biden supported at the time. Becerra voted against protecting preborn children capable of feeling pain, and against ensuring survivors of abortion are given medical care.
“Americans deserve responsible public health policy set by leaders who value human life. Becerra is a pro-abortion activist and friend of the abortion industry, with no medical background. As head of HHS, Becerra can harness the full power of federal public health toward the destruction of our most vulnerable lives. This is chilling. Such power and responsibility must not be entrusted to a man who ignores science and openly violates the civil rights of journalists, churches, and the preborn. The Senate should oppose this dangerous nominee, or his agenda will become public health policy nationwide.”
Live Action is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing the truth about abortion and affirming the life of every child. Live Action exists to change hearts and minds about abortion through compelling educational media, human interest stories, and investigative reporting that exposes the lies and corruption in the abortion industry. With the largest online following in the pro-life movement, Live Action’s videos and content reach millions of people every week. Find out more at http://www.liveaction.org