The Department of Health and Human Services’s new strategic plan involves defining life at beginning of conception, reports The Hill. This may seem like common sense to most people, but this declaration is a major shift from what the Obama administration declared in their plan.
“HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception,” reads the draft plan.
Obama’s HHS strategic plan had similar language, but did not include the “beginning at conception” phrase, but the change is in line with the Trump’s stance of anti-abortion.
The health department publishes a strategic plan every four years, and this one would run from 2018 to 2022.
“‘Pro-life activists have said it for decades, scientists have proved it, and abortion supporters have denied and flat-out ignored it, but it’s true: life begins the moment a new human life is created – at fertilization,’ reports Live Action.”
In addition to this important change, HHS has also added to its first strategic goal is to “Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care.” They state they want to “promote greater affordability and balancing spending, strengthening health care quality and patient safety, improving access and expanding choices.”
Another noticeable addition is to the third strategic goal, which states the HHS will work to “strengthen the economic and social well-being of Americans across the lifespan.” Not only does HHS declare when life begins, but they believe it should end at “natural death.”
“A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death, but especially those individuals and populations facing or at high risk for economic and social well-being challenges, through effective human services,’ reports Live Action.”
These changes are a welcome move for those who support the protection of unborn children and the sanctity of life. It may seem like a small step but it is at least in the right direction.
Pro-life Teresa Manning now serves as deputy assistant secretary for the HHS, instead of Tim Price, and will oversee the federal funding for family planning programs, and Charmaine Yoest, former president of Americans United for Life, serves as assistant secretary of public affairs.
And predictably, the pro-abortion crowd is freaking out:
🚨 WOW. HHS is pushing an extremist anti-choice policy that would ban abortion and some forms of birth control: https://t.co/5n6iaAjI3C
— NARAL (@NARAL) October 11, 2017