President Donald Trump on Friday said he intends to appoint Charmaine Yoest, a prominent anti-abortion advocate, as assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Yoest, who was a Trump campaign surrogate, is the former president and CEO of Americans United for Life, an advocacy group chipping away at abortion rights across the country. The organization is best known for drafting most of the anti-abortion bills that have passed in state legislatures in recent years. Those measures have included legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and efforts to undermine Planned Parenthood.
“As we’re moving forward at the state level, we end up hollowing out [Roe v. Wade] even without the Supreme Court,” Yoest told The New York Times in 2012. “That’s really where our strategy is so solid.”
Yoest is currently a fellow at American Values, a conservative nonprofit that opposes abortion rights and same-sex marriage.
The announcement was immediately condemned by Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“Trump has broken nearly 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,” Hogue said in a statement. “This nomination helps fulfill that twisted promise and speaks volumes about the Trump administration’s continued disdain for reproductive freedom and women’s rights.”
“It is unacceptable that someone with a history of promoting myths and false information about women’s health is appointed to a government…
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