Trump names anti-abortion leader to high post at HHS

Posted April 29, 2017

Charmaine Yoest is the former president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, and most notably spread information which correlation abortions to cancer - a blatantly false, manipulative narrative.

Yoest served for years as president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a pro-life law organization that works to coordinate and support the advance of pro-life legislation, particularly at the state level.

Yoest is now a fellow at American Values, a conservative nonprofit that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Yet another disturbing appointment from this ever more disturbing administration seemingly intent on dismantling women's reproductive rights.

Yoest's position does not require Senate confirmation, meaning she was essentially ensured the position once Trump appointed her.

"It's nearly as if President Trump is trying to find people who say the most mean, spiteful, hateful things about transgender people to fill roles in his administration", Mara Kesiling, NCTE's executive director, said in a statement. Scientists are "under the control of the abortion lobby", Yoest said when confronted with the data, calling the overwhelming evidence against her claim a "spin" that "really troubles me" as a survivor of breast cancer. Huckabee holds a hardline opposition to abortion rights, and in 2015 suggested he would be open to the idea of using federal troops to stop legal abortion.

Yoest is one of many anti-choice advocates installed at HHS since Trump took office.

"Trump has broken almost all of his promises to the American people in his first 100 days, but he has certainly stuck to his pledge to erode the constitutional right to abortion, punishing women in the process", Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement Friday.

Despite her attempts to frame anti-abortion advocacy as a "pro-woman" effort-she once described abortion rights supporters as "the true misogynists in our society"-she nonetheless joined Trump's campaign as a member of his "pro-life advisory council", not seeming to mind his record of misogyny".

Yoest has already influenced the U.S. Supreme Court for decades to come, per White House pool reports.

Congressional Republicans are already pressuring HHS officials to wield regulatory power undermining reproductive rights.