Becerra: I hope to find common ground on late-term abortions

Becerra: I hope to find common ground on late-term abortions

Xavier Becerra spoke during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Health and Human Services before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 6:35 PM PT – Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Xavier Becerra, Joe Biden’s pick for HHS secretary, indicated he will likely keep his progressive views on late-term abortions. On Tuesday, Becerra said he hopes to reach common ground with Republicans and come together to work toward a solution.

These comments came after Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) grilled him for his history of supporting late-term abortions. While serving as a representative of California in 2003, Becerra voted against a bill aiming to ban the practice.

“I understand that we may not always agree on where to go, but I think we can find some common ground on these issues because everyone wants to make sure that if you have an opportunity, you’re gonna have a healthy life,” Becerra said.

Becerra is facing a tough road to being confirmed, as senators from both sides of the aisle are reluctant to vote to confirm him.

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