January 28, 2018

Positivity: Senate Confirms Pro-Life HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar After Defeating Democrat Filibuster

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

JAN 24, 2018, 3:53PM

A former clerk for pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will become the next HHS Secretary as Senate Republicans approved Alex Azar today after successfully turning back a Democrat filibuster yesterday. Azar is President Donald Trump’s latest pro-life nominee to a key administrative position with influence over abortion policy.

He was confirmed 55-43. Now, Azar, a former top executive at Eli Lilly and Company, will become the new Health and Human Services secretary and replace Tom Price, the pro-life former congressman who left his post in September.

Azar is someone the pro-life movement will appreciate. He previously served under former President George W. Bush as deputy secretary for the health and human services department so he is significantly familiar with the agency and pro-life issues that are important there.

As the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Azar would oversee key pro-life issues such as conscience protections for pro-life medical professionals, the handling of taxpayer funding for abstinence education, and overseeing the Obamacare program that includes taxpayer financing of abortions.

Pro-life groups were delighted by the vote and Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised his confirmation in a statement to LifeNews: “We congratulate Alex Azar on being confirmed as head of HHS. He takes the reins at a time when major pro-life policy initiatives are being rolled out at this crucial department. Azar’s commitment to HHS’ mission ‘to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans,’ including unborn children and their mothers, is so encouraging. We are confident that he has the experience and enthusiasm to lead the way in implementing President Trump’s pro-life priorities.”

Two former HHS Secretaries under Bush, Tommy Thompson and Mike Leavitt, wrote in The Hill this month that Azar has “the track record from his previous time at HHS to be a successful manager.”

During his confirmation hearing in the United States Senate, Azar said that decisions the agency makes need to take into consideration conscience issues for Christians who don’t want to be forced to fund abortions. …

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