From Linda Bloomfield, chair of the Broward League’s Women’s Issues action team.

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued its draft strategic plan which includes a disturbing reframing of its mission that could impact access to reproductive healthcare for millions of American women.

The new plan includes defining life as “beginning with conception” and explicitly protecting religious or moral convictions.

“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.  While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients, or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.”

They also will “identify and remove barriers to, or burdens imposed on, the exercise of religious beliefs and/or moral convictions by persons or organizations partnering with, or served by HHS.”

Here’s their email address:  HHSplan@hhs.gov

Send your message saying you object to this change in their plan, to this language, and imposition of their beliefs on yours.  The comment period for this draft end Oct. 27.

Here is coverage of this issue from Newsweek.

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