By Skyler Lee
The question of when life begins leads to a constant battle between pro-life and pro-choice advocates. However, the United States Department of Human and Health Services plans to settle the debate.
A newly released draft of a strategic plan for 2018-2022 states, the “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.”
This is a crucial change from a previous version which reads, the “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.”
The change in wording may be small yet it signifies that the HHS recognizes what pro-lifers have been trying to convey for ages — life begins at conception (fertilization). Pro-choice activists have been doing mental gymnastics for years trying to dehumanize babies under the age of viability to justify and normalize abortion.
However, now even the federal government is recognizing life does not begin at birth or at viability but rather at conception.
Additionally, the HHS’ first strategic goal is to “Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care” including that of the preborn.
In fact, the newly-released plan’s introductory paragraph reads as follows:
“HHS is dedicated to reforming, strengthening, and modernizing the Nation’s health care system. By promoting greater affordability and balancing spending, strengthening health care quality and patient safety, improving access and expanding choices, and investing in the health care workforce, HHS seeks to improve health care outcomes for people we serve. 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 HHS also states their third goal is to “Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan.”
“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,” the document reads.
Altogether, it seems the HHS is acknowledging key points pro-lifers have been trying to get recognized for years. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction.