WASHINGTON, DC – With U.S. Senate confirmation of former PA Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine as the nation’s Assistant Health Secretary, Family Research Council warned that Levine will use the new position to target and punish parents and people of faith for their beliefs on gender and abortion. Travis Weber, FRC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, said during confirmation hearings, Levine refused to answer when Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul asked directly whether transgender hormones or surgery for minors met the international definition of abuse. Levine also forced COVID-19 patients out of hospitals and into nursing homes, and defended the action in the face of criticism, even as Levine’s mother was quietly removed from a nursing home. Levine also has pushed a variety of pro-abortion and anti-religious freedom proposals.

Mary Szoch, Director of the FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, said with Levine at the helm of HHS, Planned Parenthood will look to expand its tentacles further into the expansion of abortion and harmful gender ideology. Levine has already indicated ways to make tens of millions more dollars available to the abortion giant, which recently branched into targeting children for transgender experiments. She added Planned Parenthood is already the second-largest dispenser of puberty-blocking hormones, which can have lifelong health consequences, including interference with brain development, inhibition of normal bone-density, and sterilization. For more information on Dr. Levine’s views, visit frc.org/levine.