For Immediate Release: January 17, 2018
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.