Bloomberg Law
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:28 PM

Becerra Foes Cite Abortion Fear, Try to Sink Biden Health Agenda

Alex Ruoff
Alex Ruoff

Xavier Becerra, tapped to lead the nation’s health agency, has become a top target for Republicans seeking to stymie President Joe Biden’s health agenda and limit abortion rights.

Republican senators, conservative groups, and the anti-abortion lobby are mounting a long-shot bid to sink Becerra’s nomination to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Stopping Senate confirmation, they say, would demonstrate the political force of the anti-abortion movement and compel Biden to compromise with Republicans on health policies.

“Whoever it is that ultimately becomes the secretary, will have watched what happened to Xavier Becerra though and ...