This is not the Trump I was promised by the National Review, nor is this those New York values I heard about.
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a draft of a new strategic plan that states in its introduction that life begins at conception.
The personhood of the unborn child is central to the abortion debate — as even the justice who wrote the landmark Roe v. Wade opinion has acknowledged — because, if established in law, it would nullify a “right” to abortion.
The largely overlooked HHS strategic plan for 2018-22 states the agency “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.”
Bioethics specialist Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, wrote at National Review’s The Corner blog that while life “beginning at conception” is a “fact of basic biological science,” expect “the usual suspects to be furious about the proposal.”
A columnist for the Gawker Media website Jezebel who said the Trump administration “is following the standard, discriminatory conservative orthodoxy on women’s health” and blogger Dr. Jen Gunter were two examples of harsh critics of the new HHS language.
ht/ c. steven tucker