A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) draft Strategic Plan for 2018 through 2022 contains language defining human life as “beginning at conception,” a radical departure from the language used by previous administrations.
“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,” reads the draft plan.
It’s a major shift from the Obama administration, which had similar language in its HHS strategic plan but did not include the “beginning at conception” phrase.
Conservatives and pro-life organizations celebrated the move, including pro-life Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who said he was “encouraged” by the plan:
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 11, 2017