On Tuesday, during the nomination hearing of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services, he made startling comments when asked about his stance on partial-birth abortion. Partial-birth abortion is the removal of an intact baby from the mother’s uterus.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) asked Becerra, “Most people agree that partial-birth abortion is awful. You voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. Why?”
So, senator, here I understand that people hold deeply held beliefs on this issue and I respect them. I have worked, as I mentioned, for decades, trying to protect the health of men and women young and old…. and I am also sitting in front of a high-risk OBGYN who for several decades had the work of protecting the health of women and a future baby. And so, I will tell you that when I come to these issues, we may not always agree on where to go, but I think we can find some common ground on these issues because everyone wants to make sure that if you have an opportunity, you’re going to live a healthy life. And I hope to be able to work with you and others to reach that common ground on so many different issues.”
Romney responded, “We can reach common ground on many issues, but on partial-birth abortion, it sounds like we are not going to reach common ground there.”
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