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After the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Alex Azar, Donald Trump’s anti-choice nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kaylie Hanson Long issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump and the anti-choice GOP are using the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out their obsession with eroding reproductive rights. Azar’s clear, anti-choice record makes him an obvious fit for a role in an administration committed to undermining women’s healthcare, including access to abortion. The Senate must stop being complicit in Donald Trump’s backwards, reckless agenda, and reject this nominee. The health, rights, and reproductive freedom of women all across America are on the line.”
Azar’s anti-choice record should concern all Americans. In a speech to the Islamic Medical Association of North America in Chicago, Alex Azar thanked the group for its “emphasis on protecting the health and well-being of the unborn” and stated it was a cause he is “committed to as well.” He is also an outspoken opponent of the ACA and has donated to many anti-choice politicians.