January 24, 2018 / Press Releases

NARAL Condemns Confirmation of Alex Azar

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2018
Contact: [email protected]

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.

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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