During his testimony before the United States Senate Wednesday, Xavier Becerra, the current California Attorney General that President Joe Biden has nominated to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, could not name a single restriction on the practice of abortion that he would support.
Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) asked the nominee if he could "name one abortion restriction that you might support." When Becerra refused to answer, Daines repeated the question.
"To be clear, is there any line you would draw?" Daines asked. "Is there just one restriction that relates to abortion that you might support?"
When Becerra equivocated, Daines began offering specific examples. The senator asked Becerra if he would support a ban on the "lethal discrimination" faced by babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. Becerra could not commit to that position.
Daines asked if the nominee would support a ban on "sex-selective abortion," which is the practice of aborting a child because it is not the gender the parents were hoping to have. Becerra could not commit that position.
Danies then asked if Becerra would support a ban on partial-birth abortion, the gruesome procedure conducted thousands of times each year where a child is partially delivered from the mother's womb before having its brains extracted. Becerra again demurred.
"Again senator, you're asking questions which will touch on aspects that I know have different views. What I can say is that I will make sure I am respecting the law on those issues," Becerra said.
Just one day earlier, the HHS nominee faced a similar question from Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), and responded that even though he had voted against a ban on partial birth abortion, he still thought "we can find some common ground."
"I think we can reach common ground on many issues, but on partial birth abortion, it sounds like we are not going to reach a common ground there," Senator Romney said before moving on to a different question.
If confirmed, Becerra would take over the position previously occupied by Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned neurosurgeon who vigorously defended the right to life of unborn children.