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Alex Azar just called health and human services 'the Department of Life'

Kathryn Krawczyk

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.

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