On Friday, President Trump will become the first sitting president to attend the anti-abortion "March for Life" rally in Washington, D.C. And in apparent celebration of that fact, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is proposing a new nickname for his department: the "Department of Life."
Azar debuted the "Department of Life" in a Thursday night statement in which he voiced his pride in being "part of the most pro-life administration in this country's history." HHS specifically took "numerous actions in 2019" that align with those views, including introducing a new rule that mandates abortion providers fit strict new requirements or risk losing federal funding. After all, Azar said, his sector is "proud to be 'the Department of Life,'" instituting a soft rebranding right then and there.
Azar's statement is likely more rhetoric than literal reconfiguration, but the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America found some irony in it all.
Good morning. While you were sleeping, Sec. Azar seems to have renamed the Department of Health and Human Services the "Department of Life," which is really rich for an agency that was a primary architect of putting children in cages on the border. There is no bottom. pic.twitter.com/SoN4PuPC87
— ilyse hogue (@ilyseh) January 24, 2020