Trump names nationally acclaimed pro-life leader to key health office
President Donald Trump is appointing a longtime, influential pro-life advocate to a senior position at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The White House announced Charmaine Yoest will serve as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the HHS.
Yoest, who actively supported Trump during his campaign, served as president of Americans United for Life from 2008 to February 2016.
The organization advances pro-life legislation at the federal and state level.
Under Yoest’s leadership, the group backed measures that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require women seeking abortions to undergo a sonogram, and impose tough regulations on abortion clinics that forced them to meet higher standards of medical care or close their doors.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List called Yoest “one of the pro-life movement’s most articulate and powerful communicators.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulated her on her new position. In a tweet, he stated that the Trump administration “demonstrates (a) strong commitment to the pro-life cause.”
Yoest replaces Kevin Griffis, who was recently named the new vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood.
Although Yoest’s appointment has upset abortion-rights groups, pro-life leaders say it’s a sign of an ideological shift taking placed in Washington.
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