Every four years, the Department of Health and Human Services releases a new strategic plan, and the first one under President Trump contains three words that are causing a stir. It says, “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.”
The phrase “beginning at conception” has feminists and liberals fuming that it’s a violation of Roe v. Wade, and that the Trump HHS will likely use that phrase to deny birth control to poor women. But Nancy Flanders of the pro-life site LiveAction wrote, “It signifies that at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services knows and accepts the truth, that life begins at conception (fertilization). 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 fertilization. HHS is committed to protecting those lives.”
I’d just point out that as with many liberal positions, this requires defenders to twist themselves into logical knots. I’m sure that the same people who argue that life doesn’t begin at conception would scream just as loudly if HHS cut all pre-natal programs. But why be concerned with the health of a baby that’s not even born yet? Its life hasn’t even started, right? Instead, they want it both ways: government aid for prenatal care to protect the health of a woman’s baby if she wants it, but no aid for the fetus because it’s not even alive yet if she doesn’t want it.
This seems like just another variation on all arguments for abortion: that convenience takes precedence over obvious medical facts.
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