Bold Plan for HHS: Life Begins at Conception

The Dept. Of Health And Human Services Is Set To Make PRO-LIFE History

The Department of Health and Human Services is set to make a very public stand for unborn Americans.

In a break from previous administrations, including when George W. Bush was in office, the HHS has indicated that life begins at conception in their new strategic plan, which will cover fiscal years 2018-2022.

As the American Center for Law and Justiceexplains, stating this in official public policy is huge for the pro-life cause, emphasis mine.

Starting in 2010, HHS has been required to release a strategic plan every four years. This time their plan, for the first time ever, has explicitly recognized that life begins at conception. This is a major victory for the rights and dignity of the unborn.

The HHS plan goes well beyond lip service. It incorporates this scientific principle as an integral and holistic part of its healthcare mission here at home and around the globe. Specifically, the fact that life begins at conception is included in four key components of the plan.

HHS includes protecting life “beginning at conception” as a core part of its overall mission:

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.

HHS recognizes that respecting the “inherent dignity” of the unborn is a vital part of “global health security”:

Enhance international preparedness through medical countermeasures and community mitigation measures, respecting the inherent dignity of persons from conception to natural death.

HHS dedicates itself to protecting the right to life for all, especially those most at risk of social or economic challenges:

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-begin challenges, through effective human services.

HHS restores pro-life ethics to medical and scientific research:

The research pursued under this strategic goal is to be conducted consistent with the understanding that human subjects protection applies to all human beings from conception to natural death.

As we are well aware, the abortion industry in the United States happily dismisses scientific truth in favor of embracing a religion of choice. Unborn lives are sacrificed daily to that almighty god that makes ending such lives not only permissible but celebrated in today’s culture.

The plan unequivocally states that the department seeks to protect life, and that life encompasses “conception to natural death.”

Though such a truth should be a matter of routine, it is groundbreaking in 2017.

There’s more to the article at Red State. It tells us that Democrat senators are against this plan, and published a letter with the signatures of these senators. It also tells us that the ACLU is against this and quotes their statement about this HHS Strategic Plan.

This is amazing news and one we should all embrace. This plan requires the HHS to respect all human life, from conception to natural death. I never thought I would ever see those words from the federal government but there they are. The ship of state is making a huge 180 turn that has not been done even in other Republican administrations.

This has not yet been finalized but it is close!

~tannngl



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11 replies

  1. It’s definitely a momentous change for the better, Tannngl; but what a government agency can giveth under one administration; the same agency can taketh away under the next administration. That’s the folly of big government run amok. I don’t want to rain on the parade, but what we really need is a SCOTUS ruling that says life begins at conception and a federal government that limits its involvement in public health to disease control, instead of putting its nose into every aspect of our health.

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    • You’re absolutely right! And SCOTUS rulings have been turned around too!
      The real root of change would be a nation turning to the original Christian morality it started with. Not likely but I always have hope. Didn’t think anyone in federal government would ever define life as conception to natural death!

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  2. I don’t think there has ever been a question of the actuality of biological life of a fetus. Whether a blastocysts or embryos likewise qualify is up for scientific debate, but all biological life is not human life.

    What constitutes a human being? Is it not more than its mere biological existence? There is reflex motility in the womb, but consciousness requires a vocabulary beyond the mere biological responses. Thoughts are word images stored in the cerebral cortex of the brain, and not inborn, though the neural potentialities are. Is biological life the same as personhood, with all the ramifications that entails??

    I don’t claim to know the answers, but I know a lot of the questions by lifelong study, and recognize the seminal cross currents that come from them.

    This opens us to an entire theological debate that truly goes beyond, nay contrary to, our constitutional structure. In the Creation saga of the Bible, God inbreathed the breath of lives (plural) to the Adam and later the woman. Are those lives biological and spiritual, as in soul life? Elsewhere it states that God knew the souls before they were ever born, so they are obviously ethereal, and not the stuff of biology class. Then, what IS a soul? Is it consciousness alone, or more? Then what is spirit? You see the troubling knot of distinctions that is encompassed in human life itself. Further, Levitical law does not punish the death of a fetus as murder or manslaughter, but as a civil tort for damages to the father and husband. The pregnant woman’s death, even accidentally, is treated criminally depending on the degree of malice in the circumstances. These are theological questions, not purely legal ones!

    I wish that SCOTUS had never waded into that debate, attempting to dictate a national standard, no matter how clinical they try to make it. Let the States set their own boundaries, even prohibitions, and let the consumers use their freedom to decide their own personal courses of action. Some choices I will definitely not like, but they don’t affect me directly unless my tax monies and government are involved.

    I clearly don’t personally want to decide for a woman that she must, or must not, have an abortion when it isn’t my life to be impacted. I can’t know all the particulars. I don’t want to force a woman into a slaughterhouse, nor chain her to a bed for the term of her gestation. Where’s the free will and personal accountability in that? At the same time I abhor the practice, wish it didn’t exist, recognize the medical need potential in it, and view it as an horrid offshoot of the general antinomianism of present western society.

    This whole debate is troubling individually and societally! I just can’t be doctrinaire on either side of the issue, but must react solely with informed emotionalism.

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    • At least you’ve put thought into it.

      Abortion is murder and shouldn’t be legal. My view.
      US of the ‘fetus’ during abortion shows the child moving away from the instruments. All I have seen and read about this (I’m an RN and my hospital performed abortions) are horrifying. They are babies. And from conception every cell has human DNA.

      Think about the elderly who have no mind left. Do we murder them by ripping them limb from limb?

      At risk is the respect for human life. Human life is created in the image of God. I would never want to be responsible for ending a life.

      Sorry. Didn’t mean to sound hostile. This one is a passion.

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      • No hostility perceived, and I hope no offense was taken to my own conflicted state. I abhor abortion, as I said, but I simply can’t put myself in power over the woman, not knowing how or what conditions created her pregnancy. A brutal rape, incest, or just sluttiness? I don’t know! Even so, is governmentally forced gestation the answer resulting in a child hated from the womb? That can’t be the answer.

        “Let us create man in our image” (Plural again) Yet there was no physical manifestation at that time, so the Trinity represents what three aspects of human existence? Biological life essence, soul, and spirit?

        This is deep theological stuff. I sometimes think that should have been my profession, or political theory. But nope! I’m a peddler! LOL!

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  3. I could never understand that when we can capture the heartbeat of an unborn child while still in the womb, how the left could try to convince people that it wasn’t a life until he/she was born. It’s pretty obvious that a life is alive long before birth, and while I agree that it begins at conception, it’s pretty hard to identify an embryo only days old as a life for any purpose other than philosophical discussion.

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  4. Kathy, one of my jobs in my other life was dealing with HHS CMS. (medicare, medicaid) Happy to oblige!

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  5. This is great news and a huge improvement on their stance during earlier administrations, but specifically how does this change what they do? I guess I’m not as familiar with HHS as I should be.

    There is also legislation drafted by Rep Steve King for a new bill stating that abortions cannot be performed after 6 weeks, usually when a heartbeat is detected. Govtrack.org only gives it a 15% chance of making it into legislation, but now that HHS has taken this new stance, it might have a better chance than they predict.

    What a breath of fresh air, eh, tannngl?

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