In an extraordinary turnaround, which 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 its latest draft Strategic Plan for 2018-2022 that life begins at conception. “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.” It goes on to state: “HHS accomplishes its mission through programmes and initiatives covering a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.”
Referencing its “Strategic Goal 4,” the Agency states: “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.” 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, enrolees, 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 previous edition of the HHS Strategy made no mention of caring for the unborn, or life beginning at conception. The new draft Strategy drew immediate objections from abortion proponents. But others lauded the HHS for affirming the dignity of the unborn. “Each life is a gift from God. Encouraged to see HHS recognise 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 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services knows and accepts the truth, that life begins at conception (fertilisation). 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 fertilisation.”
Source: Christiannews.net; Christian Institute
Bible Study: Psalm 139:13-16
DECEMBER PRAISE God that a major US government department has tabled a strategy acknowledging life from conception.
PRAY this may be implemented as policy.