National Pro-life Coalition Calls on U.S. Senators to Reject Nomination of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2021 
Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org | 240-672-2828

Washington, D.C.  – A coalition of more than 60 national and state pro-life leaders sent a letter today to the ranking members of the U.S. Senate HELP and Finance Committees urging them to reject President Biden’s nominee for secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, Xavier Becerra.

The letter reads in part:

“Mr. Becerra is an enemy to every pro-life policy and law and has demonstrated complete disregard for the religious and moral convictions of those opposed to the brutal act of abortion. His radical record in public office as California’s Attorney General and member of Congress leads our organizations to ask you to reject Mr. Becerra’s nomination… Mr. Becerra’s confirmation would be divisive and a step in the wrong direction. We understand that the president needs to assemble a cabinet; however, Mr. Becerra has proven himself to be an enemy of the health of women and the unborn. He cannot be entrusted with our national health programs and policies and is not qualified to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following comment:

“Xavier Becerra has been portrayed as moderate, but he is infamous among pro-lifers for his decades-long record as a vocal pro-abortion advocate. In Congress and as attorney general of California, Becerra not only joined pro-abortion efforts – he led them. President Biden could not have picked a more eager pro-abortion activist to head HHS and we urge senators to reject his nomination.”

Xavier Becerra’s anti-life record includes:

  • Voting against measures such as the bipartisan ban on gruesome partial birth abortions, the popular five-month abortion ban, and protections for babies born alive after failed abortions.
  • Forcing taxpayers to pay for abortion on demand to bankroll the abortion industry.
  • Coercing pro-life people of faith and conscience to be complicit in abortions through their health care, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.
  • Persecuting pro-life activists by forcing them to promote abortion within their pro-life pregnancy centers.

Learn more about Becerra’s pro-abortion record at https://www.sba-list.org/becerra.

The following national pro-life leaders joined 60+ pro-life allies to submit the letter:

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

Tom McClusky
President, March for Life Action

Catherine Glenn Foster
President & CEO, Americans United for Life

Carol Tobias
President, National Right to Life Committee

Penny Young Nance
President & CEO, Concerned Women for America LAC

Kristan Hawkins
President, Students for Life Action

Donna J. Harrison M.D.
Executive Director, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

David Daleiden
Project Lead, The Center for Medical Progress

Lila Rose
Founder & President, Live Action

Abby Johnson
Founder & CEO, And Then There Were None

 SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.

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