Joe Biden was labeled as the “moderate” of the Democratic field, but his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that his philosophy has taken a sharp turn to the left.
This weekend, Biden nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to lead HHS. Becerra is radically pro-abortion and has a history of opposing the First Amendment. As an example, when David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt exposed Planned Parenthood’s alleged participation in the selling of aborted baby body parts, Becerra and Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris chose to prosecute the two undercover investigators instead of Planned Parenthood.
Harris even went so far as to work with Planned Parenthood to create a bill that would make recording undercover conversations with healthcare providers illegal.
Becerra replaced Harris as California Attorney General and continued her work in going after Daleiden and Merritt. After a judge ruled in his office’s favor, Becerra filed more charges against the pair, stating that they had violated a law prohibiting the recording of conversations without consent.
The U.S. Reporters Committee filed a brief in support of Daleiden and Merritt because of this violation of their First Amendment rights.
Becerra continued waging his war on the First Amendment by infringing on the free speech rights of pro-lifers. Through the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act, Becerra and the state of California attempted to force pro-life pregnancy centers to display pro-abortion statements on billboards. Crisis pregnancy centers were compelled to include government messaging on these billboards, even though the pregnancy centers had paid for the billboards.
Kristi Burton Brown wrote that the FACT Act is:
In National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, the Supreme Court found that California had specifically targeted the pregnancy centers and that the FACT Act, as written and carried out, was unconstitutional. The majority opinion in NIFLA v. Becerra wrote,
The Susan B. Anthony List, a prominent pro-life group, called Biden’s choice unacceptable:
Underscoring this fact, Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion group NARAL, celebrated Biden’s choice, tweeting,
Becerra is also a proponent of single-payer, government-run healthcare, a program that will result in less competition, less choice, lower quality care, confiscatory taxes, delays in treatment, and rationing. In 2017, Becerra proclaimed:
Becerra is not the only radical pick for Biden. He recently chose anti-free speech crusader Richard Stengel to serve as transition team leader for the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Stengel has said that the United States needs to “rethink” the First Amendment, calling the protection of all speech a “design flaw,” and he supports European-style hate speech laws. Stengel wrote,
Some may have labeled Biden a moderate during the campaign, but his choices of Harris (who was named the most liberal Senator by GovTrack), Stengel, and now Becerra show what type of administration Biden will have: radically pro-abortion and radically anti-First Amendment.
Hogue is right about one thing: If Biden does get inaugurated in January, a new era will have begun — but it won’t be a good one for anyone who values life, liberty, and free expression.
Check out this panel on free speech with Charlie Kirk, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, and Erin Elmore: