Who is Scott Lloyd?
Lloyd has a long history of blocking access to abortion. He first joined the administration in 2017 as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR is charged with helping undocumented immigrant youth who enter the U.S. alone, but Lloyd had no prior experience working with refugees. Instead, he reshaped the office around his personal crusade to block young immigrant women from access to safe, legal abortion. His actions triggered backlash from reproductive rights and immigrant rights advocates, who delivered more than 270,000 petitions calling for his firing.
The administration demoted Lloyd in November 2018 and reassigned him to another office, but his new assignment still gives him control over access to health care.
In his current position with the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, Lloyd can help choose which religious groups get support for health program grants. The Center’s led by a religious activist who’s working to restrict access to abortion and encourage anti-LGBTQ discrimination in health care access.Tracking Trump
Before the administration demoted Lloyd, an ACLU lawsuit charged his office with denying at least seven women’s requests for abortion — even when the pregnancy resulted from rape. He also sparked outrage when he considered forcing a young immigrant woman to undergo an experimental, non-scientifically approved treatment to "reverse" an abortion.ACLU
As ORR director, Lloyd traveled to personally meet with pregnant women in ORR detention facilities to coerce them out choosing to have an abortion. He also received a weekly spreadsheet with information on every pregnant woman in ORR’s custody.Vice
I suggest that the American people make a deal with women: So long as you are using the condom, pill or patch I am providing with my [Title X] money, you are going to promise not to have an abortion if [it] fails.”
Former Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Before joining HHS, Lloyd’s legal career was dedicated to preventing access to abortion. He previously served on the board of an anti-abortion counseling center, which often gives women inaccurate information about birth control and abortion.The Hill
The administration announced that Lloyd was being moved from ORR and reassigned within HHS following news reports that he was writing a book about his anti-abortion beliefs. News of the book called Lloyd’s ethics and bias into question again.Rolling Stone
U.S. Department of Health and Services (HHS)
HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans. The Trump-Pence administration has reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.