HHS Defends Official’s Efforts to Block Abortions

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar defended a Trump administration official under fire for his role in a battle over undocumented teenagers’ access to abortion, telling congressional leaders on Thursday that he believed the issue was prompted not the official’s opposition to abortion but by a decade-old government policy.

During a House hearing on the HHS budget, Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro demanded to know why Azar hadn’t yet fired Scott Lloyd, the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and a long-time anti-abortion advocate.

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