TO: Caitlin Oakley, HHS national spokesperson and senior advisor; Ryan Murphy, ​HHS principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs; Natalie Boyse, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs special assistant; HHS Media

CC: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary

Subject: Where's HHS' audit?


In your office’s press release announcing the secretary’s decision to restrict funding for fetal tissue research, you cite an HHS audit as the reason for this action that could put millions of lives at risk. Your release states, “The audit and review helped inform the policy process that led to the administration’s decision…”

Unfortunately, it appears that you neglected to actually post this pivotal document.  

We are hoping you would be able to share it with us (and the public). I’ve bcc’ed national health care reporters who I’m sure would also like immediate access to this important document as well.



Michelle Kuppersmith

Director of Equity Forward