HHS Accountability Project

EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project 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 Senior Fellow Roger Severino, EPPC Fellow David Gortler, and EPPC Fellow Rachel N. Morrison serve in the HHS Accountability Project.


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Should taxpayers pay for abortion travel?

Rachel N. Morrison

The Biden administration has sought new and creative ways to use the federal government to promote, provide and pay for abortion — all on the taxpayer’s dime.

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The Hill / November 29, 2022

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Supporting Virginia School Policies that Revoke Gender Ideology and Restore Respect…

Rachel N. Morrison

We applaud Virginia’s concrete action to respect parental rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and laws of Virginia and to ensure privacy, dignity, and respect for all students in Virginia schools.

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Public Comment / October 26, 2022

Department of Veterans Affairs Interim Final Rule on Abortion

Rachel N. Morrison

Legal challenges to the IFR are possible, including on the grounds that the IFR exceeds the VA’s statutory authority and there is no “good cause” to issue an IFR and short-circuit the normal rulemaking process.

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The Federalist Society / October 18, 2022

EPPC Scholars Submit Public Comment Opposing Veterans Affairs Rule Requiring Abortion Benefits 

Rachel N. Morrison

The VA’s claim that abortion under the IFR is ‘needed’ and ‘medically necessary and appropriate’ is arbitrary and capricious. Abortion is not healthcare, abortion harms women, and women do not need abortion to succeed.

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Federal Register / October 11, 2022

Transgenderism interferes with both science and God’s design

David Gortler

“Do not plant your vineyard with two types of seed; if you do, the entire harvest will be defiled — both the crop you plant and the fruit of your vineyard” — Deuteronomy 22:9

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The Christian Post / October 10, 2022

Allowing Biological Males in Women’s Sports is Scientifically Unsound

David Gortler

Surreal progressive colleges, universities, and athletic organizations want to ignore biology and encourage the Kafkaesque.

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Newsweek / October 6, 2022

EPPC Scholars Submit Public Comment Opposing HHS Section 1557 Proposed Transgender Mandate in Healthcare

Rachel N. Morrison

It will be the height of arbitrariness and capriciousness to finalize such a dangerous rule in the face of these and the many other grave harms identified in this comment when they are not only not mandated by Congress, but go against the very statute the Proposed Rule purports to enforce.

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/ October 3, 2022