January 17, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Statement on Advancement of Anti-Choice HHS Nominee Alex Azar

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2018
Contact: [email protected]

After the Senate Finance Committee voted to advance the nomination of 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:

“It is sad, but not surprising, that Donald Trump is so desperate to install another anti-choice ideologue at HHS, an agency that’s critical for women’s healthcare. HHS has a duty to protect the health, rights, and reproductive freedom of women all across America, and Azar’s clear and consistent anti-choice record should disqualify him from such an influential position. We urge the full Senate to take a stand against Donald Trump’s backwards agenda, and reject this nominee.”

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.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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