Lankford, Colleagues Call on Becerra, HHS to Stop Illegally Promoting Abortions for Pregnant Unaccompanied Minors

Government and Politics

September 26, 2022

Lankford, Colleagues Call on Becerra, HHS to Stop Illegally Promoting Abortions for Pregnant Unaccompanied Minors

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) led a letter today along with Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Steve Daines (R-MT) to send a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra to share their opposition to HHS’ flagrant disregard for the law by applying “field guidance” that promotes abortion for pregnant unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in US custody, paid for by US taxpayers.

The Senators reference the use of Field Guidance #21, which they say the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) under HHS to transfer pregnant minors to ORR facilities in other states in order to go around state laws that protect unborn life.

The Senators write in their letter: “It is our understanding that these policies around transportation would require federal personnel to use federally-owned, leased, or contracted vehicles to transport pregnant unaccompanied minors to abortion clinics, wait in the parking lot during the procedure, and then drive the unaccompanied minor back to the ORR facility – all on the taxpayers’ dime… Additionally, it is our understanding that ORR facilitates the distribution of dangerous chemical abortion drugs within federal facilities. To allow vulnerable children in your care to receive dangerous chemical abortion drugs without direct medical supervision within federal facilities is not only a violation of the clear federal funding restrictions placed on ORR facilities, but also a complete dereliction of the duty to ensure the safety of children in your care.”

Lankford remains the leading pro-life voice in the Senate to stand up against the Biden Administration’s obsession with abortion, especially after the Supreme Court’s ruling to return decisions about abortions to the people’s elected representatives. The latest episode of Lankford’s podcastThe Breakdown with James Lankford, was a conversation about the pro-abortion lobby spreading false rumors about miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and what that means for the future of women’s health. Lankford and Marshall recently introduced the No Taxpayer Funds for Illegal Alien Abortions Act to prohibit any employee or contractor with US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the HHS from transporting any illegal immigrant across state lines for the purpose of procuring an abortion.

You can read the full letter HERE