Joe Biden’s nominee to be the HHS Secretary desperately tried to cover up his attempt to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortions today during a Senate hearing on his confirmation.
Although the California Attorney General fought in court to make the Little Sisters pay for abortion-causing drugs in their health care plan, he claimed during the hearing that he “never sued any nuns.”
Becerra sued the federal government in 2017 because President Donald Trump has instituted a pro-life rule to protect Christians from having to pay for abortions under the Obamacare abortion mandate. The Little Sisters of the Poor fought the lawsuit because they knew if the mandate were enforced and the pro-life rule overturn, their conscience rights would be in jeopardy.
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Wow: Xavier Becerra falsely claims twice, “I have never sued any nuns.”
The Little Sisters of the Poor would like a word. pic.twitter.com/3NIC18SsZY
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) February 24, 2021
During the confirmation hearing, pro-life Senator John Thune of South Dakota asked Becerra if he would continue pushing the abortion mandate as HHS Secretary.
“I understand that Americans have different…beliefs on this particular issue,” Becerra said in response. “By the way, I have never sued any nuns. I have taken on the federal government, but I’ve never sued any affiliation of nuns. My actions have always been directed at federal agencies because they have been trying to do things that are contrary to the law.”
Asked again about religious freedom issues by pro-life Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, Becerra again framed what he did in a way that looks misleading.
“The actions we took were against the federal government, and once again, we were defending our state’s law and its rights under the law,” Becerra said.
Although technically Becerra filed his initial lawsuit against the federal government rather than suing the Little Sisters of the Poor directly, it’s a distinction without a difference because the Catholic nuns would be forced to fund abortions had he won. Instead, the Supreme Court slapped down his attempt to undermine religious freedom.