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Trump Appoints Pro-Life Activist To Key Role At Health And Human Services

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President Donald Trump announced Friday he would name one of the nation’s most prominent pro-life activists to a key position at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest has been tapped to serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS. She is a senior fellow at American Values, a conservative group that opposes the “culture of death” caused by abortion. She also served as president of Americans United for Life, an organization that plays a key role in advancing anti-abortion bills in national and state legislatures.

Yoest’s appointment will not face political obstruction because HHS political appointees do not require Senate confirmation.

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The pro-life appointment to HHS is a particularly damaging one to abortion supporters. Yoest will replace Kevin Griffis, a staunch abortion supporter who recently became the vice president of communications for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood does not have an ally in Yoest. She has made no reservations in expressing her disdain for the women’s health care provider.

“Over the last 45 years, Planned Parenthood has become the expert in making money from ending lives,” Yoest said.

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“Planned Parenthood deceptively holds itself out as protecting women’s health, as it cuts legitimate health care in favor of abortion sales while lobbying for more taxpayer largesse,” she told

“The time is now for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and invest taxpayers’ hard-earned money in real healthcare that saves lives and safeguards women’s health.”

Yoest’s staunch pro-life advocacy has earned her a reputation as being “public enemy No. 1” for abortion providers.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said Yoest’s appointment was “unacceptable” in a statement Friday.

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“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,” Laguens said.

Abortion advocates recognize Yoest’s cunning ability to “reframe the abortion debate” away from the left’s viewpoint that pro-life supporters are out to restrict women’s medical care.

New York Times Magazine wrote in 2012 that she “is especially good at sounding reasonable rather than extreme. She never deviates from her talking points, never raises her voice and never forgets to smile.”

Yoest’s appointment comes just weeks after Trump signed a bill into law which granted states the authority to withhold federal funding from abortion providers.

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