The Senate just voted to invoke cloture and end debate on the nomination of abortion activist Rachel Levine to be Assistant health Secretary. Senators voted 52-48 in favor of ending debate on the nomination, which is opposed by pro-life groups.
Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, both abortion supporters, were the only GOP lawmakers to join Democrats supporting Levine.
After the vote, March for Life Action tweeted that it was not happy that Levine’s nominated was advanced to a final vote, which is expected to occur later today.
“52 US Senators, including numerous Republicans, just voted for someone who knowingly risked the lives of Pennsylvanian elderly, leading to 1000s of deaths, while protecting their own parent,” it said. “Levine also opposed all prolife efforts in PA, and was a abortion industry lackey.”
Rachel Levine, a radical pro-abortion politician accused of mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic, is Joe Biden’s choice for assistant secretary of health. If confirmed, Levine and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra are expected to push radical pro-abortion policies to expand dangerous abortion drugs and force taxpayers to fund the abortion industry.
Family Research Council Action described Levine as an “extreme,” ideology-driven politician who puts “partisan politics over public health.” It is urging senators to vote no on his confirmation.
Noting Levine’s positions abortion, the pro-life group said Levine is “out of touch with the vast majority of Americans” and “an unfit choice to help lead HHS.”
As Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Levine was accused of mismanaging the pandemic last year because of a state order that required nursing homes and other assisted care facilities to admit COVID-19 patients. The order put coronavirus patients in facilities with those most vulnerable to the virus, the elderly and people with disabilities.
State news outlets discovered that Levine had moved his own 95-year-old mother out of a personal care home right around the same time when the order took effect. Some lawmakers demanded that Levine resign, citing a massive coronavirus outbreak in nursing homes following the order.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under intense scrutiny for issuing a similar policy linked to 15,000 COVID deaths in nursing homes.
According to FRC, Levine also publicly opposed a 2016 Pennsylvania bill that would have banned late-term abortions on unborn babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Last year, pro-life leaders in Pennsylvania accused Levine of putting women’s health at risk by stopping inspecting abortion facilities during the pandemic. They warned of the horrors that Pennsylvania witnessed a decade ago with Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell after the state stopped inspecting abortion facilities.
“Considering Pennsylvania’s ugly past with a particular abortion facility going unchecked, the concern raised by my constituent is a valid one—pandemic or not,” state Sen. Mike Regan wrote in a letter to Levine in August, pointing to 11 abortion facilities that were not inspected.
Levine is just one of a growing list of pro-abortion leaders whom Biden has chosen to help lead the United States.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California as vice president
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as secretary of labor
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland as secretary of the interior
Former Obama and Clinton administration leader Ronald Klain as chief of staff
Jaime Harrison as head of the Democrat National Committee
Vivek Murthy as surgeon general
Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health