Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Senate Defeats Democrat Filibuster of Pro-Life HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar

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

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 would 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.
The Hill has more on today’s vote:

The Senate on Tuesday advanced the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of Health and Human Services over a key hurdle by a 54 to 43 vote.

Most Democrats voted against advancing Azar, but seven Democrats joined Republicans to move his nomination forward. A vote on final confirmation is expected to soon follow.

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.

Azar’s comments are especially helpful for organizations like Little Sisters of the Poor and Christian-run businesses like Hobby Lobby that don’t want to be forced by the federal government to pay for abortions or abortion-causing drugs in their employee health insurance plans. The Obama Administration forced them and hundreds of Christian businesses and organizations to fund abortions despite their deeply-held religious views.

Azar’s nomination is seen as a bright light to continue the pro-life policies President Donald Trump has put into place to overturn the mandates the Obama Administration put forward that forced Christians to fund abortion drugs. . . . . . . Read More @ LifeNews

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