Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) told Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), they will not find “common ground” on partial-birth abortion during a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.
Romney asked Becerra, a longstanding champion of abortion on demand and advocate for the abortion industry, “You voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. Why?”
“I understand that people have different deeply held beliefs on this issue,” Becerra responded. “We may not always agree on where to go, but I think we can find some common ground.”
Romney replied, “I think we can reach common ground on many issues, but on partial-birth abortion, it sounds like we are not going to reach common ground there.”
“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 also said.
Becerra had an opportunity to vote to ban partial birth abortions in 2003 when Senator Santorum introduced the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life.
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) February 23, 2021
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) also asked Becerra if he would make a commitment to “not using taxpayer money to fund abortions and abortion providers.”
“I can say to you that we will follow the law when it comes to the use of federal resources,” Becerra replied. “There I can make that commitment that we will follow the law.”
Braun remarked that Becerra’s reply was “not really the particular answer I was looking for.”
This week a coalition of more than 60 national and state pro-life leaders sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to reject Becerra for the post of HHS secretary, referring to him as “an enemy to every pro-life policy and law.”
Becerra: says we can reach "common ground" on this issue, calls the living, breathing baby in the womb a "future" baby.
Reminder on what partial birth abortion is below: https://t.co/QscM4vGnii
— prudence robertson (@pruspulse) February 23, 2021
The coalition stated Becerra “has demonstrated complete disregard for the religious and moral convictions of those opposed to the brutal act of abortion,” and added 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.”
— Attorney General Becerra (@AGBecerra) June 26, 2018
The leaders emphasized some of the ways in which Becerra has attacked pro-life Americans, including:
- Attacking conscience protections
- Leading the charge fighting against defunding Planned Parenthood of its Title X Family Planning funds
- Taking the Little Sisters of the Poor and other groups to court to force them to violate their religious liberty protections
- Arguing against the Weldon Amendment and in favor of forcing healthcare entities to provide and pay for abortions
- Targeting pro-life pregnancy centers and pro-life journalists
- Exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to expand abortion by fighting to lift federal health restrictions on drug-induced abortions
. @SenatorRomney: Most people agree that partial-birth abortion is awful. You voted against a ban. Why?
Becerra: I understand that we may not always agree but I think we can find some common ground.
No, sir. We cannot when one side supports the killing of babies.#StopBacerra
— Students for Life of America (@StudentsforLife) February 23, 2021