HHS Accountability Project

EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project, directed by Rachel N. Morrison, is dedicated to monitoring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and holding it accountable to its mission: furthering the health and well-being of all Americans. HHS is the largest federal agency by budget, and its programs and activities directly touch more lives than any other government bureaucracy. But the proper pursuit of its mission depends on an authentic understanding of the human person and a sound understanding of the legal protections to which Americans are entitled. The HHS Accountability Project’s goals include:

  • Ensuring human beings are recognized as worthy of protection from conception until natural death regardless of disability, age, or circumstances of birth.
  • Ensuring abortion and assisted suicide are never accepted or recognized as health care.
  • Preventing ideology from distorting science on questions of human identity and human flourishing.
  • Respecting conscience and religious freedom of health and human services providers and beneficiaries alike.

EPPC Fellow Eric Kniffin and Policy Analyst Natalie Dodson also serve in the HHS Accountability Project.

Engagement on Agency Actions

To shape policy, EPPC monitors and engages with federal agency actions. EPPC primarily engages in the rulemaking process by submitting written public comments and requesting meetings with government officials to provide input and specific suggested changes or improvements the agency must consider for its rulemaking. EPPC scholars also educate other organizations and individuals on how to effectively engage in the regulatory process and provide legal and policy expertise on various agency actions.

Amicus Briefs

EPPC and our scholars regularly file amicus briefs in key cases to promote a true and full account of human nature and human flourishing in the context of American constitutional law. Compiled on this page are some of our amicus briefs in cases addressing the right to life, marriage, gender ideology, religious freedom, free speech, and the rule of law. 

How to File a
Federal Conscience Complaint

How to Submit a Public Comment on Agency Rulemaking

How to Request a Meeting with Government Officials on Agency Rulemaking

Program Publications

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What’s really going on with abortion and the Supreme Court?

Rachel N. Morrison

At its heart, EMTALA is a pro-life law; it mentions “unborn child” four times and imposes a duty to care for the child as well as the mother.


The Human Life Review / February 2, 2024

HHS Issues Final Rule on Conscience Rights in Healthcare

Rachel N. Morrison

As proposed, the 2024 Rule formally rescinds the Trump-era 2019 Rule and replaces the 2011 Rule.


The Federalist Society / January 31, 2024

EPPC Scholar Responds to CDC’s Proposed Notice on Assisted Reproductive Technology 

Natalie Dodson

On January 29, 2024, EPPC scholar Natalie Dodson submitted a public comment responding to a proposed notice by the Centers…

PDF / January 30, 2024

Supreme Court to Decide Whether EMTALA Preempts State Abortion Laws: Idaho v. U.S. and Moyle…

Rachel N. Morrison

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs decision overruling Roe v. Wade, the Biden administration sought new ways to impose its pro-abortion policies via federal law, including via EMTALA.


The Federalist Society / January 25, 2024

When will women get real reproductive health care in America?

Natalie Dodson

A pro-contraception message could turn the tide for “young voters” in a post-Roe world.


The Hill / January 9, 2024

How Democrats Set The Stage In 2023 For An LGBT Onslaught In 2024

Rachel N. Morrison

Federal agencies proposed a slew of regulations pushing the Biden administration’s extreme pro-LGBT agenda in education, employment, and health care at the expense of children’s interests and women’s rights.


The Federalist / January 9, 2024

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing HHS Proposed Rule Requiring “Affirmation” of a Foster Child’s “LGBTQI+…

Rachel N. Morrison

These premises are not only false but are harmful to children in foster care and will undermine religious freedom and parental rights far beyond the foster care context.

PDF / November 29, 2023