Well, it’s not as bad as it could have been; Joe Biden could have called on California’s Xavier Becerra to be his Attorney General, which would have instantly relieved Eric Holder of his status as the worst head of the Justice Department in modern history. So maybe we should be relieved that, instead, Biden is tapping Becerra to head up the Health and Human Services Administration. Even so, Republicans are rightly concerned about Becerra’s radical tendencies, and a few of them have said in no uncertain terms that they will not vote to confirm him.
“Xavier Becerra spent his career attacking pro-life Americans and tried to force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortions,” tweeted Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). “He’s been a disaster in California and he is unqualified to lead HHS. I’ll be voting no, and Becerra should be rejected by the Senate.”
The Daily Wire expands on the case Cotton mentioned: “The resulting legal case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where Becerra lost. The Supreme Court approved a preliminary injunction against the law, titled the ‘Reproductive FACT Act,’ noting that requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to inform patients about abortion likely violated their First Amendment rights to both free speech and to free exercise.”
After the high court’s decision, Becerra was defiant.
“When it comes to making their health decisions, all California women — regardless of their economic background or zip code — deserve access to critical and non-biased information to make their own informed decisions,” Becerra said at the time.
Of course, there is no situation in California – then or now – where women do NOT have access to that information. Becerra’s aim wasn’t to preserve that access, it was to make sure that conservatives and anti-abortion activists do not have the right to give women the other side of the story. When women hear the truth about abortion, they sometimes make the decision to keep the baby or give it up for adoption. That’s not good for the liberal agenda, and it’s not good for Planned Parenthood’s bottom line.
Biden has made it fairly clear, though, that he’s not going to have any room in his administration for those who value life. By appointing Becerra, he’s only confirming the theme of his campaign, which has been characterized by an overwhelming deference to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.
For instance, he has promised to once again institute the Obamacare rule that requires employers to pay for birth control.
“Shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania on July 8, Biden said he was ‘disappointed’ by the decision and promised to reinstate Obama-era policies requiring the sisters to ensure access to birth control in violation of their religious beliefs,” reported CNA.
Sounds like a good way to end up in court again, but we’re sure that Biden sees himself as a warrior for women’s “rights” and will proudly fight the pro-lifers all the way. And he’ll have his trusty HHS Secretary by his side.
That is, unless the Senate gives Becerra the heave-ho.