March 18, 2021 Press Release


March 18, 2021

Advocates Pledge to Hold Becerra to His Record and Promises on Reproductive, Immigrant, and LGBTQ Justice

3.18.21 – Following the confirmation of  Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Molly Bangs, Director of Equity Forward, released the following statement:

“With today’s confirmation of Xavier Becerra, our country will now have a health department head with a long and documented commitment to supporting access to reproductive health care, gender protections, and just treatment of immigrants. This is a stark departure from the Trump administration when HHS enabled child separation, blocked trans people from health care, defended denials of access to abortion care for migrants, and decimated family planning. It’s time to put an end to this legacy and to create bold policies that expand the health and rights of all people.  Equity Forward looks forward to working with HHS and ensuring his leadership at HHS builds his own record and to the promises of the Biden administration.”

Equity Forward’s full profile on Becerra is available HERE.

Equity Forward maintains HHS Watch, an accountability campaign that examines the decision-makers at our nation’s health department and their sexual and reproductive health policies, and will be monitoring and researching Biden’s appointments for similar issues. See other nominees HERE.


Equity Forward is a watchdog project that seeks to ensure transparency and accountability among anti-reproductive health groups and individuals who are actively working to deny people access to services such as birth control and abortion.