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Shannon Royce

Director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (HHS)

Appointed: 5-25-2017

Who is Shannon Royce?

Shannon Royce has spent her career trying to undermine LGBTQ rights and abortion access. She is now the key liaison between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and religious organizations. As head of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, she’s expected to make partnerships between HHS and religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage, abortion, and sexual and reproductive health and rights — groups that will undoubtedly use their connections with Royce to shape federal health care policy.

“We have such an amazing team at HHS that is absolutely a pro-life team across the spectrum.”

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Here is what Shannon Royce controls

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS is charged with protecting the health of all Americans. The Trump-Pence administration has slowly reshaped HHS to roll back reproductive rights and limit access to health care.

Policies Shannon Royce has helped bring about

LGBTQ Rights

The Health Agenda

Refusal Policies

Censorship

Background on Shannon Royce

She's Scott Lloy'd Boss

Shannon Royce’s right-hand-man is Scott Lloyd, the senior advisor at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. Lloyd’s former position in the administration was directing the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where he reshaped the office around his personal crusade to block young immigrant women from access to abortion.

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Promoting So-Called “Conversion Therapy”

Royce promoted the harmful, discredited practice of “conversion therapy” — which targets LGBTQ people and falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

AlterNet
Hiding Opposition to Anti-Trans, Anti-Abortion Policies

Royce deliberately withheld 10,000 public comments in response to a request for information about HHS’s plan to roll back protections for abortion and transgender care — and posted just a few dozen of mostly anti-abortion, anti-trans comments supporting the plan.

Politico
Part of Administration Filled With Anti-Abortion Appointees

Royce is one of many people opposed to reproductive rights that the administration has appointed. Within HHS, that includes former HHS officials Charmaine Yoest and Teresa Manning (both of whom worked for FRC), as well as Valerie Huber and Roger Severino (who FRC named as "allies").

Politico
Leading An LGBTQ Hate Group

Before joining the administration, Shannon Royce was chief of staff for the LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council (FRC). At FRC, she promoted harmful abstinence-only policies, worked against marriage equality, and led opposition against access to birth control and abortion.

Rewire News
Threatening Discrimination Protections in Health Care

At the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, Royce secretly asked religious groups how HHS could help them get rid of health care policies that "interfere with their religious character." Her efforts threaten federal protections for access to health care across the board, especially abortion care and health care for transgender people.

Newsweek
Requiring Religious Outreach

The White House now requires every federal agency to have a religious outreach representative or team, like HHS has under Royce.

Vox