Bloomberg Law
Feb. 22, 2021, 10:41 AM

Biden’s HHS Nominee Becerra to Clash With Religious Right

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler

Xavier Becerra will be a lightning rod for the religious right if he’s confirmed to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Faith-based advocacy groups are bracing for the agency to reverse course on controversial steps the Trump administration took to protect, and expand, religious liberties. Under Becerra’s leadership, the agency is expected to walk back rules that prohibit federally funded providers from referring women for abortions and reinstate rules that allowed health-care workers to refuse to treat LGBT patients.

Any step to withdraw those rules will lead to litigation, legal scholars say.

Some critics are questioning why Biden ...

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