Health secretary nominee Xavier Becerra waffled on a question from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on the nominee’s past opposition to a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Romney questioned Becerra, who serves as California’s attorney general, during a Tuesday Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on his nomination to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. During his line of questioning, Romney asked Becerra why he voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion, an abortion in the second or third trimester of a pregnancy, typically after the point of viability, while he served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“There’s a division in our country with regards to the issue of abortion, of course as you know. Mainstream Republicans, mainstream Democrats disagree, but most people agree that partial-birth abortion is awful. You voted against a ban on partial-birth abortion. Why?” Romney asked.
Becerra began: “So, senator, here I understand that people have different deeply held beliefs on this