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Biden health chief refuses to say that partial-birth abortion is illegal

Biden administration Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra repeatedly refused to answer whether partial-birth abortion is illegal during a congressional hearing Thursday, raising fresh doubts about the Biden administration’s willingness to enforce federal law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court more than a decade ago.

Becerra, previously the Attorney General of California, repeatedly evaded giving a straight yes-or-no answer to the question in response to grilling by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana:

“Is it illegal?” Daines asked. Becerra began to instead assert a woman’s “right” to pre-viability abortions under Roe v. Wade, but was cut off by Daines, who restated the question. During a minute-long exchange, Becerra would say only that it was a “technical question,” and that “a woman has the right to receive an abortion.”

In fact, former President George W. Bush signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act into law in 2003, and the Supreme Court upheld it in 2007 with Gonzales v. Carhart. President Joe Biden, then a Senator representing Delaware, was among the Democrats who voted in favor of the ban.

Beccera’s testimony comes as little surprise in light of his record. As attorney general of the Golden State, Becerra showed a marked hostility to Americans who follow Judeo-Christian teaching on matters such as abortion and homosexuality, from forcing churches to subsidise elective abortions and nuns to subsidise contraceptives, to forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion resources, to refusing to fund state employees’ travel to South Carolina in protest of its law protecting adoption agencies that insist on giving children both a mother and a father.



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