The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services is making some waves on both sides of the political aisle by adding three very important words to their draft strategic plan that weren’t on plans from the past. The three words: “beginning at conception.”
Please keep in mind that this is a draft. It’s not finalized, but the draft itself is published which is a very good sign for the pro-life cause.
Another sentence has been added to the same section of their organizational structure. This one is a bit concerning, though globalist verbiage has been steadily growing in frequency across government for decades. The new sentence: “While HHS is a domestic agency working to protect and promote the health and well-being of the American people, the interconnectedness of our world requires that HHS engage globally to fulfill its mission.”
You can find the current strategic plan here and the draft plan here.
If the White House is, indeed, heading in a direction to push the boundaries of protection to conception, this is a step forward towards the goal of establishing personhood for the pre-born, thus helping to make all abortions illegal as murder. This could be the first stage in a strong pro-life push. It could be something some interns put in for political reasons. It could disappear before the final version is approved. There’s not reason to get too excited (or upset, if that’s your stance) but it’s also something that should be monitored very closely going forward.
Some of the left and right are already reacting:
Life “beginning at conception,” or perhaps better stated, at the conclusion of fertilization, is a fact of basic biological science–as embryology text books attest.
In a move that was largely overlooked, earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) dropped its draft strategic plan for 2018-2022. Given that HHS is run by people who think women should not have access to birth control, much less abortion care, it certainly is a fucking doozy, and a doozy worth looking at. As Dr. Jen Gunter recently pointed out in her blog on the plan, one of the very first things this document does is define life at conception, right at the beginning of the second paragraph.
The plan was likely drafted before Tom Price’s departure from his role as Health and Human Services secretary. Price had previously served as a member of Congress with a strongly anti-abortion voting record.