After the Senate voted to confirm Alex Azar, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kaylie Hanson Long issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump has made it clear that he’ll use his authority to install anti-choice individuals in every branch of government, allowing him to undermine the true mission of federal agencies and stack what should be impartial courts against women and families. Alex Azar is the latest in a series of confirmations of unqualified, anti-choice nominees that will serve as the foot soldiers executing Trump and Mike Pence’s goal of punishing women for their reproductive healthcare decisions. By confirming these nominees, the GOP has shown time and time again that they’ll use any chance they get to enact their out-of-touch ideology, no matter the devastating costs for women and families.”
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.