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 Fellows Eric Kniffin and David Gortler, and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Associate Natalie Dodson, also serve in the HHS Accountability Project.

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EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing Proposed Rule for Faith-Based Organizations Partnering with Nine Agencies

Rachel N. Morrison

On March 14, 2023, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison and Eric Kniffin submitted a public comment opposing a proposed rule…

PDF / March 15, 2023

Nine Agencies Propose Regulations for Partnerships with Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations

Rachel N. Morrison

On January 13, 2023, nine agencies issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled “Partnerships With Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations” to “clarify protections for beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries receiving federally funded social services and the rights and obligations of organizations providing such services.”


The Federalist Society / March 7, 2023

EPPC Scholars Submit Comment Opposing HHS’s Proposed Rule on Conscience Rights in Health Care


On March 6, 2023, EPPC scholars Rachel N. Morrison, Eric Kniffin, Mary Rice Hasson, and Natalie Dodson submitted a public…

PDF / March 7, 2023

No One Should Be Forced To Choose Between His Faith And His Paycheck

Rachel N. Morrison

Should American employees be forced to choose between making a living and freely exercising their religious beliefs? That is the question the Supreme Court is considering in Groff v. DeJoy.


The Federalist / March 6, 2023

Education Department Proposes Rescinding Religious Student Group Protections and Requests Info on Campus Free Speech…

Rachel N. Morrison

The First Amendment and religious exercise and free speech regulations for institutions of higher education.


The Federalist Society / March 3, 2023

EPPC Scholar Urges Vermont Not to Pressure Clergy to Violate Seal of the Confessional

Eric Kniffin

Though I focus on the Catholic Church here, the general rationale and particularly the legal arguments set out in the memorandum’s final section would apply to other religious traditions as well.

PDF / March 2, 2023

The FDA is Dead Wrong in its Review of Mailed Abortion Pill Safety

David Gortler

You don’t have to read between the lines to figure out the FDA’s mifepristone decision was not clinical or scientific.


FOX News / February 28, 2023