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WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 22, 2021 — Nomination hearings for Joe Biden’s nominee, Xavier Becerra, for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) begin on Tuesday, February 23.

“Joe Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra shows how he is marching to the tune of pro-abortion activists,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Xavier Becerra has no health care experience but, if confirmed, would lead the Department of Health and Human Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Given HHS's critical role in ongoing vaccine production and distribution, along with the regulatory power the agency has in implementing recovery legislation, it is alarming that a nominee with no health experience has been put forth,” Tobias continued. “Becerra’s extreme abortion advocacy and lack of health care experience disqualifies him from leading the nation’s healthcare agency.”

The two most immediate prior heads of HHS, Alex Azar and Dr. Tom Price each brought a depth of healthcare experience. Mr. Azar had previously been appointed to HHS and had years of experience working with the pharmaceutical industry.

“The nation needs a nominee with the necessary public health experience to shepherd an end to the death and disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Tobias. “Mr. Becerra simply does not have that experience.”

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NASHVILLE, FEBRUARY 20, 2021 - On Friday, February 19, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 decision, ruled to deny the State of Tennessee's petition to stay the injunction applied by the Federal District Court of Middle Tennessee against Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period with regard to abortions. Pending further appeal by Attorney General Herbert Slatery or an en banc review, the injunction will remain in effect until the Sixth Circuit decides the case on its merits.

“This is, yet again, another slap in the face to the voters of Tennessee who sent their legislators to Nashville to enact legislation such as this waiting period and informed consent law to protect pregnant women and their unborn children.” said Stacy Dunn, Vice President of Tennessee Right to Life.

"The Appellate Courts have consistently upheld states' waiting periods and we are hopeful that Tennessee's law will ultimately be upheld. However, the Sixth Circuit's decision puts the lives of countless unborn children in jeopardy until then," Dunn continued.


Tennessee passed the 48-hour waiting period law in 2015. On June 25, 2015, abortion facility owner-operators filed suit against the Tennessee law. The complaint was filed in federal court by operators of Choices abortion facility in Memphis and owners of unlicensed abortion centers in Bristol and Nashville. New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is representing the abortion facilities and Tennessee's Attorney General is defending the constitutionality of the protective laws.

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For immediate release: Thursday, January 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Rolling back protections for women and their unborn babies, pro-abortion President Joe Biden today signed executive orders reversing the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy—often referred to as the Mexico City Policy—and requirements to qualify for Title X funding.

"During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden made it clear that promoting abortion would be a priority in his administration and it would be done at the expense of taxpayers," said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. "It is not surprising that his first actions are to dismantle both international and domestic protections that have saved countless lives—and put taxpayer money in the pockets of abortionists."

By signing the executive orders, President Biden is diverting taxpayer funds from organizations that do not perform or promote abortion to organizations that aggressively promote abortions both in the U.S. and around the world.

Today’s executive orders also rejected the Geneva Consensus Declaration (2020) that reaffirmed “the inherent ‘dignity and worth of the human person,’ that ‘every human being has the inherent right to life.’” The Geneva Consensus Declaration also reaffirmed that abortion is not health care and that sovereign nations have the right to protect all innocent human lives by rejecting abortion.

"Taxpayer funds should not be used to subsidize an industry that preys on women and their unborn children," said Tobias.

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