Biden HHS Pick Questioned On Abortion Stance At First Confirmation Hearing

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If President Joe Biden has his way, America may have an inexperienced, radically pro-abortion advocate for its next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

According to The Daily Caller, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was faced with several questions during his first confirmation hearing in the Senate on Tuesday. Topics discussed ranged from COVID-19 to abortion to systemic racism, the outlet reports.

The Daily Caller adds:

Becerra’s nomination has been one of the most contentious made by Biden so far, with a number of conservatives speaking out against the California lawyer. Several of Republicans, including the party’s top member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, have expressed concerns about Becerra’s lack of experience and expertise in healthcare.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it unsurprisingly was the dominant topic of the hearing. When Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) questioned the strict nature of the CDC school reopening guidelines, Becerra responded, “The best approach… is to let science guide us and to let the experts determine when it is safe, remembering that schools and education are a local issue… We should not be the ones making the final decision on how and when a school will reopen.”

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) brought up the issue of the World Health Organization (WHO), from which President Trump began withdrawing the United States over its complicity in spreading Chinese disinformation about COVID-19. While Becerra affirmed that Biden is committed to rejoining the WHO, he said the administration must make sure that “everyone is held accountable,” though it was unclear if he was referring to the WHO, China, or another entity.

Becerra’s history as a radical pro-abortion as California’s Attorney General was another point of contention for HELP committee Republicans. “Becerra has an extensive record of pushing pro-abortion policies as California Attorney General,” the Daily Caller pointed out, “and dozens of pro-life organizations and advocates have come out against his nomination.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) asked Becerra why he voted against a partial-birth abortion ban during his time in Congress, receiving a vague, indirect response.

“You voted against a ban on partial birth abortion,” Romney asked. “Why?”

“I have worked, as I have mentioned, for decades trying to protect the health of men and women, young and old, and as attorney general, my job has been to follow the law and make sure others are following the law,” Becerra said.  “I will tell you that when it come to these issues, I understand that we may not always agree on where to go, but I think we can find some common ground.”

“I think we can reach common ground on many issues,” Romney said, “but on partial birth abortion, it sounds like we are not going to reach a common ground there.”

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