If Joe Biden becomes president and officially nominates pro-abortion California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary, pro-life Kentucky Senator Rand Paul may vote no beause of his radical pro-abortion views.
Joe Biden named Becerra as his choice for the position Monday, should he be confirmed as the winner of the presidency. The attorney general of California, Becerra is prosecuting two pro-life leaders who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade, and he wants to force nuns to pay for abortifacients in their employee health plans.
Responding to the potential nomination, Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Senator Paul said Becerra’s abortion agenda is a real problem:
“I’m concerned about the reports that say that he’s been a champion for late-term abortion and at the time of birth abortion, and that’s outside the norm. Even pro-choice people a lot of times will say they believe in some restrictions, but to believe in sort of complete, unlimited abortion until the time of birth or after, I think is something that’s a very radical position, and I would hate to have him in charge of trying to dispense government monies towards that kind of policy. So, we’ll look long and hard and I’ll try to keep an open mind, but my first impression of what I’m hearing about him is that he may be way outside the mainstream of what anybody in Kentucky would think is right.”
Meanwhile, pro-life Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton has already said he would be a no vote.
“He’s a true radical on abortion,” Cotton told Fox and Friends on Tuesday. “He supported the lawsuits against nuns. He’s gone after pro-life activists in California who exposed some truly grizzly crimes by Planned Parenthood.”
Breitbart reports Cotton, a pro-life Republican, told his fellow senators that they should not confirm Becerra because he is so radical and out of touch with most Americans.
“I woke up this morning with a message from a friend in California who said that Xavier Becerra is so far to the left he makes Bernie Sanders look like a Tea Partier,” Cotton said. “… he supports Medicare for All. He’s going to be responsible for running Medicare, and Medicaid, and Obamacare, and many other health care programs. He is going to use the discretion the law gives him to try to take away your health insurance on the job to give less flexibility, less control to families and to states who are in charge of these health care decisions.”
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He also criticized Becerra for leading the lockdowns in California that stopped people from going to church and school.
“Defending the kind of decisions we saw over the weekend where the city of Los Angeles will allow a well-connected film crew to set up a canteen in a parking lot of a restaurant but won’t allow that restaurant to serve people just outside their premises,” Cotton said. “Xavier Becerra will be Joe Biden’s nationwide lockdown enforcer. The Senate ought not to confirm him.”
As head of HHS, Becerra would have even more power to advance a radical anti-life agenda, including expanding late-term abortions on babies capable of feeling pain and forcing taxpayers to pay for their deaths.
Becerra’s record as a former congressman and attorney general do not bode well for the future of religious freedom, free speech or unborn babies’ right to life.
Currently, his office is prosecuting David Daleiden, the Center for Medical Progress journalist who exposed Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade. Daleiden’s powerful exposé led to the shutdown of two companies that sold aborted baby body parts in California.
However, Becerra is pursuing multiple felony charges against him and fellow investigator Sandra Merritt. If convicted, the pro-life leaders could be sent to jail on charges of eavesdropping, falsifying documents and recording people without their consent.
Becerra also has been fighting against a religious exemption from Obamacare that President Donald Trump put in place to protect the Little Sisters of the Poor, a charity of nuns that serves the poor and elderly, and other religious employers.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump rule in June, but Biden said he would reverse it and force the Little Sisters, Hobby Lobby and other religious employers to pay for abortifacients for their employees.
Becerra’s pro-abortion politics extend to pregnancy resource centers as well. In 2018, he defended a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs advertising abortions; however, he lost at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Years earlier, while serving in Congress, Becerra developed a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record from Planned Parenthood and NARAL, PJ Media reports. These actions include voting against a ban on partial-birth abortions and for taxpayer-funded abortions.
Becerra’s radical positions are vastly out of touch with most Americans. National polling consistently shows most Americans — including many who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose late-term abortions and do not want their tax dollars to pay for them.