On Monday, Joe Biden’s rabidly pro-abortion Health and Human Services secretary pick, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a vote of 50-49 with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine siding with all the Democrats to support his nomination. Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was the only senator absent for the vote.
Becerra has been hostile toward pro-lifers, even suing the Little Sisters of the Poor in a federal lawsuit regarding religious freedom.
According to the National Catholic Register:
Becerra, California’s attorney general, opposed a bill that would penalize doctors performing sex-selective abortions, and has received perfect ratings from Planned Parenthood and NARAL.
As California’s attorney general, Becerra defended state mandates requiring insurers to cover abortions, even after Catholic nuns complained to the civil rights office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and the state faced major cuts to federal HHS funds.
“California has the sovereign right to protect women’s reproductive rights,” Becerra said in February, defending the state’s abortion insurance mandate.
Becerra believes in partial-birth abortion, which he was asked to defend during his confirmation hearing.
Here are some reactions to Becerra’s confirmation:
Xavier Becerra has an appalling track-record: vehemently advocating against pro-life policies in Congress, attempting to force nuns to provide access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs and pushing for the expansion of access to ‘abortions by mail’ during the pandemic.
— Sen. Jim Inhofe (@JimInhofe) March 18, 2021
The Senate voted to confirm Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary today.
Becerra is an abortion extremist. As HHS Secretary Becerra can:
-Expand chemical abortion
-Expand funding for abortion
-Infringe on the Conscience Rights of Religious Employers
Pro-lifers need to be vigilant
— Michael New (@Michael_J_New) March 18, 2021
— Buddy Carter (@Buddy_Carter) March 18, 2021