The draft of the 2018-2022 strategic plan of the department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just dropped. The mission of 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.”
Oh yeah now the mission also includes redefining life at conception. Really. Right on the introduction page.
This is NO SURPRISE.
After all, these guidelines were probably drafted by Tom Price and Charmaine Yoest, a real life Aunt Lydia, is a Trump appointee to the HHS. Before the election Trump told us he would let the Susan B. Anthony get their faux feminist hands all over contraception and abortion. Remember, the Susan B. Anthony crowd thinks IUDs and emergency contraception are abortifacients. Science says they are not but hey who needs science when you have a bible?
Speaking of bibles, there is a super cool section on how being able to practice your religion, like denying care and imposing your beliefs on patients, will be totally okay now. Obviously, this HHS revamp isn’t just aimed at women wanting birth control.
Yes, the agency tasked with enhancing the “health and well-being of Americans” now believes that certain religious beliefs are more important than health care. This could apply to contraception, abortion, vaccines, addiction medicine, sexually transmitted infection screening, and transgender care just to name a few.
Ensuring “persons of faith or moral conviction and of faith-based organizations” are able to impose their religious beliefs on others in the name of health care is the exact fucking opposite of science.
Contraception isn’t mentioned at all in the healthier living section. It doesn’t seem to be considered preventable care. HHS can redefine contraception this way.
STI’s aren’t mentioned in communicable diseases.
Conception is again mentioned under strategic goal 3 to let us know this is when life starts. It seems euthanasia for those suffering from incurable and terminal diseases is off the table too as the language mentions supporting people through to a “natural death”
And of course the term “unborn children” drops along with the role of protecting marriage. Apparently we single moms are trash or something.
It also seems we are going to help women with addiction during pregnancy with prayer.
I did a quick read through the entire thing. No mention of birth control or abortion. Lots of “faith-based” partnership strengthening.
I don’t know how these errors (and probably others, like I said it was a quick read) get corrected, but if this stands it means health care dollars and government planning will be all based on some non science ideas such as life begins at conception, pre marital sex is wrong, anything but marital sex between cis women and men is wrong, and that God will help those of you or I guess the ones who are not “wicked.”
I’d call this a joke but honestly I can’t find any humor in it at all.
Call your elected officials.
This is preamble to the Handmaid’s Tale.