U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Life Begins at Conception, Improving Healthcare Includes Unborn

WASHINGTON – In a development that has drawn ire from abortion supporters and praise from pro-life groups, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has affirmed in a new document that life begins at conception and that improving healthcare in America includes the unborn.

The Department’s recently-released draft of the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 includes language expressing a commitment to caring for unborn children.

“The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services,” the plan’s introduction says.

Immediately following the opening paragraph, the agency states its commitment to care for all Americans, including the unborn.

“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,” the strategic plan’s introduction states.

In two other instances, the proposed HHS plan for 2018-2022 references life beginning at conception.

“A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death,” says the opening statement of the agency’s “Strategic Goal 3.”

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“The research pursued under this strategic goal is to be conducted consistent with the understanding that human subjects [sic] protection applies to all human beings from conception to natural death,” reads “Strategic Goal 4.”

The draft also mentions the agency’s commitment to caring for children who are not yet born.

“While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients, or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings,” the opening paragraph of “Strategic Goal 1” says.

The HHS updates its strategic plan every four years. Although the previous edition of the department’s strategic plan mentioned “life span,” “every stage of life,” and “between life and death,” it made no mention of caring for the unborn or life beginning at conception.

OB/GYN Dr. Jen Gunter drew attention to the document in a blog post on Monday. Gunter, who is a supporter of abortion, criticized the references to life beginning at conception as unscientific.

“It’s concerning because HHS isn’t just a theoretical group that writes think pieces no one reads,” she said in an interview with ThinkProgress. “We are replacing science with beliefs.”

However, others lauded the HHS for affirming the dignity of the unborn.

“Each life is a gift from God. Encouraged to see @HHS recognize that life begins at conception,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a tweet.

“The change might be five little words, but its meaning is deep,” wrote Live Action’s Nancy Flanders. “It signifies that at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services knows and accepts the truth, that life begins at conception (fertilization). 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.”

The HHS draft strategic plan is open for public comment through October 27.


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  • BuckeyePhysicist

    Great news!

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    but this nation still has to answer for the multi-millions of deaths that have already been done …… murders that have been done to innocent children …………….

    • Robin Egg

      Agreed. But I honestly believe that we have been given a reprieve by giving us a President who is unafraid to turn American back to our traditional values. God bless.

      • dansLaRue

        Traditional values? Like the murder of innocent families that have been unfortunate enough to be born where there happens to be valuable natural resources?

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    ““We are replacing science with beliefs.””

    NOOOOPPPPPEEEE ….. we are replacing FALSE SCIENCE with REAL SCIENCE ………….

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    So …..AGAIN …… SETTLED LAW ……. aint …………..

    • Tangent002

      This position statement has no legal impact on abortion law.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        sure ……..

  • Roy

    Finally, an agency with common sense. Life always began at conception, it has never changed, The only people who changed were the ones who want to murder them.

  • LynnRH

    Thank you God for our President!!!!

    • Robin Egg

      Yes,,Amen. A refreshing, welcome change to the last 8 years. MAGA!

    • InTheChurch

      The president that does not need to ask for forgiveness for his sins and his good deeds are enough, that president you are thanking God for?

      • LynnRH

        Well if he did say that (and I don’t always trust the liberal media) I never heard him. But I do know one thing. We have all said sinful, prideful things in our lives. And if he hasn’t accepted the gift of salvation since that comment, who knows, maybe the Lord has put him in this current position in his life (and surrounded by evangelical Christians) in order to help him to see his need for Jesus’ gift of salvation. At least he is trying to do SOMETHING for the Christian faith which is a whole lot more than I can say about the previous president.

        • InTheChurch

          Christian News ran it and you are here on their forum. So I am guessing you follow liberal fake news. He needs to be saved and he needs to confess his sins, I agree. he was placed there by God’s will, I agree. He needs to do God’s will and not his own. He struggles in that area.

          • LynnRH

            Well I guess I didn’t realize Christian News was liberal fake news. LOL. All I’ve been seeing is reports of what is going on in our world without a constant “beating up of our President and his family.” As to your comment that he needs to be saved….he may be who knows? He may have been saved for a long time now but just like so many of us humans he may have failed to grow in his faith and fell back into the ways of the world for a time. Maybe now that he is surrounded by a group of evangelical Christians at the white house on a regular basis he may just start letting the Lord lead. I think God would be pleased with these things President Trump is doing and wanting to do for the Christian faith.

  • Reason2012

    It’s observable, repeatable, verifiable scientific fact that at conception in a woman’s womb there’s a life that, unless_killed, will live to be as old as everyone else. Hence human life does in fact begin at conception.

  • Tangent002

    You’re in a fertility clinic. Why isn’t important. The fire alarm goes off. You run for the exit. As you run down this hallway, you hear a child screaming from behind a door. You throw open the door and find a five-year-old child crying for help. They’re in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled “1000 Viable Human Embryos.” The smoke is rising. You start to choke. You know you can grab one or the other, but not both before you succumb to smoke inhalation and die, saving no one.

    Do you A) save the child, or B) save the thousand embryos? There is no “C.” “C” means you all die.