Women, be warned: President Donald Trump has appointed one of the country’s leading anti-abortion crusaders to a senior communications post in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Right-Wing commentator Charmaine Yoest will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS, the White House said in a statement over the weekend according to CNN.
Yoest, who campaigned actively for Trump, is a senior fellow at American Values, a conservative group that helped states adopt numerous abortion restrictions, and the former president of Americans United for Life, which promotes anti-abortion legislation at the state and federal level.
But she is best known for citing medically dubious claims and distorting the facts, including that abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer. In a 2012 interview, she told a New York Times reporter that the scientific establishment “is under the control of the abortion lobby.”
Observers saw the appointment as a win for anti-choice conservatives and a clear sign that, under the Trump administration, Republicans are ramping up their war on women’s rights.
Speaker Paul Ryan said the appointment demonstrated “yet again” the administration’s “commitment to the pro-life cause.”
Women rights supporters criticized the appointment as dangerous.
“It is unacceptable that someone with a history of promoting myths and false information about women’s health is appointed to a government position whose main responsibility is to provide the public with accurate and factual information,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.