On Monday, 66 pro-life groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate recommending that they reject the nomination of Xavier Becerra as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In a letter to the U.S. Senate HELP and Finance committees, the pro-life leaders described Becerra, a radical pro-abortion politician with no medical background, as an “enemy” of women and unborn babies, religious Americans and fundamental freedoms.
“Mr. Becerra’s confirmation would be divisive and a step in the wrong direction,” the pro-life leaders wrote. He “has proven himself to be an enemy of the health of women and the unborn. He cannot be entrusted with our national health programs and policies and is not qualified to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
Committee hearings on Becerra are scheduled for this week. With the Senate evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, his confirmation is not certain.
Becerra, the attorney general of California and a former Democrat congressman, has spent much of his career persecuting pro-life advocates, pregnancy centers and nuns who serve the poor, said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, who signed the letter.
“President Biden could not have picked a more eager pro-abortion activist to head HHS and we urge senators to reject his nomination,” she said.
For years, Becerra has been fighting against a religious exemption for the Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns who serve the poor and elderly, and other religious employers who object to the Obamacare contraception mandate. The HHS mandate requires employers to cover contraception, including types that may cause abortions, in their employee health plans.