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Justice for the unborn: HHS defines life as ‘beginning at conception’



Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) changed its strategic plan for 2018-2022 in order to protect the unborn.


Previously, the plan stated in its introduction that “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.” The new plan adds after “every stage of life,” the words, “beginning at conception.” It also adds the words after “serving,” “and protecting.”

We’ve stated the obvious for decades. Science has confirmed it many times. However, for some reason, the pro-life position is still “controversial.”

For example, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards was unable to give a direct answer to a question about when a baby’s life becomes worth protecting.

It is astonishing that this question needs to be asked at all, but even more astonishing was Richards’ answer.

Answering the question presented by Doug Wagner of WHO Newsradio in Iowa, Richards was flummoxed, stating, “Well, I don’t really, actually—I don’t know that there’s an exact answer for that… [b]ecause what the point is (inaudible) that women have and there are, as you know, restrictions on women’s ability to terminate a pregnancy—and when they can, but until a pregnancy is viable they have the right to make that decision.”

Planned Parenthood CEO: ‘I don’t know’ when preborn humans get rights; that’s not ‘the point’ | The Pulse | LifeSite unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights. Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do everything we possibly can in the vast majority of instances to, you know, help a mother who is carrying a child and wants to make sure that child will be healthy, to have appropriate medical support. It doesn’t mean that, you know, don’t do everything possible to try to fulfill your obligations.


Her answer is quite interesting, since Richards’ employees have been caught on camera laughing about harvesting fetal organs from viable unborn babies, and, to my knowledge, she hasn’t condemned it.

But assuming Richards finds out what anyone who isn’t a radical abortionist knows, that a baby is fully formed in the womb at around eight weeks, would she close down her organization? Of course not. Because it’s not just about abortion, it is about a godless worldview on the Left. The Left is largely secular and does what it can to banish God and religion from the public. As such, they become gods, and, as gods, they can decide what is life and what is not.

As one of my favorite commentators, Steve Deace, pointed out in a tweet on Sunday in response to Richards outrageous statement, that “actually it’s the only point you unrepentant murderess.”

Deace’s response may sound harsh to some, but it’s true nonetheless.

The Takeaway

I don’t believe that everyone who is pro-choice is necessarily a murderer, but there is a difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion, the latter describing Richards, and most of the Left. As such, it is truly telling that Richards tolerates, and even seems to support, the frivolous behavior of her employees selling dead fetal organs and shilling for abortion-on-demand, among many other evil acts showing the disregard they hold for human life.

Planned Parenthood, and the radical abortion movement as a whole, is the face of true evil. And for that, I fully agree with Deace.

And I applaud HHS, and President Trump’s, decision to change its strategic plan. It may only be mere five-word addition, but it truly makes a difference in the attitude towards life of President Trump and his administration. For someone who stated a mere fifteen years ago on TV that he was “very pro-choice,” Trump’s move is truly courageous. And even if it’s a small step to address the travesty of abortion, and even if one doesn’t like the president for other reasons, we on the pro-life side should applaud him for his growth and change of heart here.

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