EPPC’s Roger Severino: Today’s Hearing Was Devastating for Xavier Becerra’s Nomination

February 24, 2021

EPPC Senior Fellow Roger Severino, who directs EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project, offered the following comments on today’s hearing for Xavier Becerra’s nomination for HHS Secretary. Mr. Severino served as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2017 to 2021.

“Today’s hearing was devastating for Xavier Becerra’s nomination. It exposed him as well qualified to lead Planned Parenthood but unqualified to be America’s top public health official during a pandemic. He failed to explain his neverending obsession with illegally forcing nuns to buy contraceptive and abortion coverage and could not name a single abortion restriction he would ever support. America needs an expert in public health at HHS, certainly not a divisive abortion extremist,” said Mr. Severino.

To request an interview with Roger Severino or another EPPC scholar, contact EPPC Communications Director Josh Britton at jbritton@eppc.org.

# # #

Most Read

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Sign up to receive EPPC's biweekly e-newsletter of selected publications, news, and events.


Your support impacts the debate on critical issues of public policy.

Donate today

Related Publications

EPPC Scholars Submit Public Comment Opposing HHS Section 1557 Proposed Transgender Mandate in Healthcare

Rachel N. Morrison

It will be the height of arbitrariness and capriciousness to finalize such a dangerous rule in the face of these and the many other grave harms identified in this comment when they are not only not mandated by Congress, but go against the very statute the Proposed Rule purports to enforce.


/ October 3, 2022

Biden’s FDA Supports Vaccinating America’s Infants While his CDC Selectively Ignores Risks From Illegal Immigrants

David Gortler

While the FDA pushes vaccines on all age groups—claiming that a dire COVID-19 public health emergency still exists—the White House appears perfectly comfortable with the CDC’s April 1 decision to terminate a public health authority meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across our borders.


Newsweek / July 15, 2022

A Couple’s Long Journey in the Pro-Life Movement

Roger Severino

As the fall of Roe v. Wade rocked the country, Carrie and Roger Severino celebrated the realization of decades of…


The New York Times / June 28, 2022

Evidence Shows Healthy Children Don’t Need COVID-19 Vaccines

David Gortler

There is no need for a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines for children. The young have a decreased benefit from COVID-19 vaccination but are also at a greater safety risk. Plus, many children have already had COVID and have the benefits of naturally acquired immunity.


Charlemagne Institute / June 15, 2022