Column: Becerra ‘should leave office’ if unwilling to enforce abortion laws

During a Wednesday virtual hearing, Biden Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra denied that a ban on late-term abortions exists and said in so many words that he would not enforce such laws.

The exchange between Becerra and Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida prompted the Washington Examiner‘s editorial board to declare in a scathing op-ed published Sunday that if Becerra “won’t enforce duly passed laws restricting abortion,” he should resign his post as head of HHS, which requires him to do just that.

The Examiner‘s editors pointed out that Becerra is “almost ghoulish in his support of abortion.” He voted against the ban on “partial-birth abortion” in 2003, the editors said, but it passed over his objections and was signed into law by then-President George W. Bush, then upheld by the Supreme Court.

Becerra’s record

Becerra also voted against a ban on trafficking minors across state lines without parent notification in order to get abortions, the Examiner said.

When he was attorney general of California, Becerra tried everything he could to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions.

He then targeted crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life activists who exposed Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted baby parts for profit, the editors charged.

In short, Becerra never supported any restriction on abortion, and he always supported the woman’s “right to choose” abortion, right up to the day of delivery.

Now, it appears that he is prepared to ignore abortion restriction laws he doesn’t agree with and pretend they don’t exist.

The hearing

According to the Examiner, during his conversation with Bilirakis, Becerra said “partial-birth abortion” was not a “medical term” and asked Bilirakis what he “meant by that.”

The HHS chief went on to say that he would protect the “settled precedent” that a “woman has a right to make decisions about her reproductive health,” which the Examiner editors point out is “the well-worn euphemism for ‘abort her baby.'”

The Biden official said he would “enforce the law to protect those rights,” but he didn’t say that he would enforce any restrictions on abortion, even if they are settled law upheld by the Supreme Court.

It looks like Democrats are now pretending that the laws say whatever they want them to say, and acting according to their delusions. It’s a scary, scary time in America.

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