HHS Watch: Holding the Administration Accountable for Appointees, Policies
Equity Forward recently launched HHS Watch, a campaign that examines decision makers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through a full audit into the positions and backgrounds of appointees and continuous monitoring of their actions.
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar are overseeing a wholesale redesign of America’s health policy, particularly as it relates to reproductive health. Appointees to the agency under their leadership are actively seeking to undermine proven, popular, and effective reproductive health programs, as well as Americans’ independent reproductive health decisions.
Secretary Azar took the helm at this critical yet troubled agency in early 2018. However, issues of transparency and accountability remain. Equity Forward believes that there should be full daylight around the who, how, and why of changes within HHS.
The Anti Birth Control, Anti-Reproductive Health takeover of HHS
Birth control and reproductive health care play an integral role in family planning decisions for the majority of Americans, and are overwhelmingly popular. Nearly 9 out of ten women of reproductive age will use birth control. Major medical groups agree that birth control is an essential part of healthcare and policy makers have consistently supported access to birth control.
Now, the Trump Administration is going after reproductive health care on multiple fronts by:
… fundamentally reshaping Title X into a program focused on a limited, conservative view of reproductive health that doesn’t prioritize contraception
… stopping immigrant women from accessing abortion services
… no longer considering abortion a medical reproductive health service
… establishing a new “conscience protection division” within HHS to allow providers to deny service to people
… and appointing far right-wing ideologues to positions of huge importance to the future of our nation’s health care.
Memo: HHS is Fundamentally Reshaping Title X
About HHS Watch
Equity Forward will ensure that decisions and processes undertaken by the agency meant to alter the agency’s long-standing commitment to public health are fully transparent and that the agency is accountable to the American people. Too many individuals rely on our government’s commitment to reproductive health access for us to allow room for deception or obfuscation by HHS.
As part of HHS Watch, Equity Forward will increase scrutiny both on the Trump Administration’s appointments and decisions that undermine HHS’ strong commitment to public health, such as populating the agency with ideologues who reject the importance of both science and evidence in reproductive health decision making.
More HHS Watch News:
- Memo: HHS if Fundamentally Reshaping Title X
- Equity Forward Sends Letter to House, Senate Committees
- Equity Forward Launches Digital Ad Campaign to Hold HHS Sec. Azar Accountable
- Watchdog Groups Sue HHS
- Statement on Alex Azar Swearing In
- STAT First Opinion: Contraception is quietly under siege at HHS