“HHS has opened the door for a barrage of actions against women, particularly low-income women and those who are most vulnerable,” Van Pelt concluded. “Their recent move to shred the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers cover birth control is just the first example.”

Over the past several weeks, the Trump administration has moved forward with a slew of priorities pulled straight from the playbook of the religious right, and the HHS strategic memo appears to be more of the same, critics have said.

“It’s concerning because HHS isn’t just a theoretical group that writes think pieces no one reads,” Dr. Jen Gunter, an obstetrician and gynecologist based in San Fransisco, told ThinkProgress. “We are replacing science with beliefs.”